Ollanta Humala Welcomes Hugo Chavez Investments in Peru

(LIP-ir) — Former presidential candidate and head of the Peruvian Nationalist Party, Ollanta Humala welcomed the government’s initiative to open its doors to Venezuelan investments and set aside discord and disagreements.

After highlighting that it was important for Peru and Venezuela to work on development projects together, Humala stated that foreign investments should not question the country’s national sovereignty.

"We have to be very clear, what Peru is looking for is a sound investment, wherever it comes from, an investment that doesn’t hurt national sovereignty, like mining investments have in the past few years," said Humala.

Furthermore, Humala told CPN Radio that Peru’s President, Alan Garcia had finally decided to invest in the development of Peru’s energy sources.

On the other hand, Humala questioned why Peru’s government only placed the responsibility of exploiting the country’s natural resources in the hands of foreign investors for them to sell, instead of encouraging its exportation with an added value.

When asked about the incident between the King of Spain, Juan Carlos de Borbón and Venezuela’s President, Hugo Chavez at the 17th Ibero-American summit in Chile, Humala only stated that Peru’s government should not have "gotten involved in that problem."