Peru: Morning News Roundup – Tuesday, June 19


Minor party asks Fujimori to run in Upper House election

Kokumin Shinto (People’s New Party) asked Alberto Fujimori, the former Peruvian strongman accused of widespread human rights abuses, to run in the Upper House election next month, party sources said. Fujimori, a second-generation Peruvian of Japanese ancestry who also holds Japanese citizenship, declined to give a prompt answer, the sources said. "I must consult with my supporters in Peru and other relevant parties because this is the kind of matter I cannot decide on my own," Fujimori was quoted as saying by party members, who visited Fujimori’s home in the Chilean capital. Although Fujimori’s candidacy is possible from a procedural standpoint, it would certainly create an uproar in Japan and abroad. As president of Peru from 1990 to 2000, Fujimori introduced measures to control inflation and battle terrorism in the country. But Peruvian authorities have brought criminal charges against him for his suspected involvement in the murders of civilians, corruption and other crimes. During a meeting that lasted for about 90 minutes, Kokumin Shinto members asked the former president to use his political skills in Japan, they said. The party is considering fielding Fujimori in the Tokyo electoral district, in which voters choose a candidate, not the party, according to Kokumin Shinto. (By Hiroshi Ishida , read the rest of the article at The Asahi Shimbun)

Peru to take maritime disputes with Chile to international court

Peruvian President Alan Garcia said on Monday he would take the dispute over his country’s maritime boundary with Chile to The International Court of Justice in The Hague. Garcia said presenting the case to the international court would not affect the two countries’ relations and he had notified his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet about the matter. Peru claims at least 38,000 square km of sea from Chile starting from milestone No. 1 at a coastal site called Concordia. Chile says that the frontier is not Concordia and that the maritime border has been fixed in two agreements on fishing signed in 1952 and 1954. However, the wording of the previous documents were too vague and the maritime boundary has become an obstacle in their bilateral relations. (Xinhua)

Rotarians install soy milk machines in Peru

It all started in 2002 when Bill Thimke of the Southwest Rotary Club read in a Rotarian magazine that a soy cow, a machine produces soy milk, sent to Peru by another club was not working. "I thought that we could do that too, and send a soy cow that works," he said. Since then, Oshkosh Rotarians sent not one, but three soy cows to Peru, with one more coming up. The machines are a primary source of protein for more than 3,000 seniors and children in municipalities surrounding Lima, the capital of Peru. The soy cow project, called Project Peru, is a joint effort of the Oshkosh Rotary Southwest, the Oshkosh Rotary Club and the La Molina Vieja Rotary Club in Lima, said Michael J. Cooney, a team member from the Oshkosh Rotary Club. "This is a project that has given pride and purpose to both our organizations," Cooney said. See the full story in Tuesday’s Northwestern and a photo gallery on Tuesday at thenorthwestern.com. ( By Aldrich M. Tan, The Northwestern)

Peru Striker Talks Himself Up

Peru striker Jefferson Farfan is confident of producing his best form in the forthcoming Copa America. The PSV Eindhoven frontman has been in fine form for his club side this season and is looking forward to the tournament which begins in Venezuela on June 26. "I am in great form and I think that this will be my Copa America," he said. "I’m going to give it my best because I want to be the best player in the tournament. "I want much more that I have already achieved." Farfan has often struggled when deployed as a midfielder by Peru coach Julio Cesar Uribe, but he insists he is happy to play anywhere. I’m going to give it my best because I want to be the best player in the tournament. "I have played as a midfielder in Holland and I don’t have any trouble to do it in the national team," he added. Peru have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts Venezuela, Bolivia and Uruguay, who Farfan expects to offer up a stern challenge. "Uruguay will be our most difficult opponent. We all know that the first match is always very important," he added. (Australian 442)

Peru hosts training course on economic issues

Government officials from 22 countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region yesterday begun a three-week training on the use of multidisciplinary approaches to trade and development issues in Lima, Peru. The course, which would be held from 18 June to 6 of July 2007, would focus on the relationships between trade, investment and development progress as well as review the strategies and experiences of countries in the region. A press release issued in Accra on Monday by UN Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said the three-week training programme titled, “Key Issues on the International Economic Agenda”, is jointly organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) and the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. UNCTAD will provide expertise on trade and development policies, financial flows, macroeconomic management, investment, technology, and e-commerce, the statement said. The press release said the course was part of a series mandated by the Bangkok Plan of Action adopted at the UNCTAD X Quadrennial Conference in 2000 and reaffirmed at UNCTAD XI in 2004.come." (Accra Daily Mail)