Peru: Morning News Roundup – Monday Jan 14

Jenna Bush visits ancient Incan capital in Peru, to tour UNICEF programs

U.S. President George W. Bush’s 26-year-old daughter Jenna visited the ancient Incan capital of Cuzco in southern Peru on Sunday and is scheduled to visit several UNICEF projects in the country, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said. Jenna Bush, one of the president’s twin daughters, will be in the Andean country for less than a week, and may visit a the port city of Pisco, which was ravaged by a magnitude-8 earthquake in August, according to the spokesman, Dan Martinez. The daughter, who began working as a UNICEF intern in 2006 in Argentina, Paraguay and Panama, was accompanied by UNICEF personnel. (International Herald Tribune – click here to read complete article)

Peru’s Garcia to visit Japan in March

Peruvian President Alan Garcia will visit Japan in March, the first visit by that country’s leader in seven years, according to government sources. The government plans to offer an increase in its official development assistance to Peru during Garcia’s visit, adding further substance to the countries’ recent agreement to improve bilateral ties strained after former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori spent five years in exile in Japan beginning 2000. Fujimori’s government collapsed after revelations that one of his aides attempted to bribe opposition party members, and Fujimori sought refuge in this country. The Peruvian government demanded the Japanese government hand over Fujimori to face charges of corruption and human rights abuses, but Tokyo rejected the demand because he has Japanese nationality. (Yomiuri – click here to read complete article)

Peru refutes Chile charges on maritime boundaries

Peruvian President Alan Garcia refuted Saturday criticisms by Chile on Peru’s plan to bring the disputed maritime boundaries between the two countries at The Hague’s International Court. The disputed boundary is a pure legal issue, not a political one, Garcia said, adding that by bringing it to the Hague, Peru hopes to solve the problem peacefully and avoid any damage to the relations between the two countries. However, Chilean Foreign Minister Alejandro Foxley said earlier that by so doing, Peru was seeking to re-define the already decided maritime boundaries, which he said was "totally unacceptable." Foxley Friday urged Peru to act prudently before it presses its claim at The Hague’s International Court. (Xinhua – click here to read complete article)

Music of Peru delights crowd

Inca Son performed its colorful show of Peruvian music and dance for an audience of appreciative fans Saturday night at the Franklin Opera House. The group performed music from ancient Peru and Latin America, wearing colorful and authentic Inca and Andean attire. Led by Cesar Villalobos, the group energized the audience, at one point during the end bringing audience members up on the stage. Earlier, the Scissors Dancers awed the audience with their display of energy and color. Since the group’s beginnings in Cambridge, Mass., it has followed a mission of instilling appreciation for its cultural legacy through the international language of music and dance, according to the Inca Son website. The group has performed at such venues as the Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and The Pyramid in Memphis. (citizen.com – click here to read complete article by Lori Ingham)

TAM and LAN Peru codeshare kicks in

The operational codeshare agreement between TAM and LAN Peru is now in effect, allowing TAM gain access to Lima from Sao Paulo, in exchange LAN gain access to various Brazilian cities. TAM currently already operates a codeshare agreement with LAN Chile, allowing it to send its passengers to 14 cities in Chile. “The agreement between TAM and LAN Peru reinforces the services synergy that we are developing with the LAN Group in South America, stimulating passenger traffic in the continent,” said Paulo Castello Branco, TAM Vice President Planning and Alliance. (e Travel Blackboard – click here to read complete article)

Peru makes $1m drug haul

The Peruvian police has confiscated 193 kg of cocaine in an anti-drug operation in the southern province of Ica, reports say. The cocaine packed in 180 small bags, worth over $1 million, was found on an empty bus on Friday. The driver was immediately arrested, police said. Peru, located on a drug producing area known as "the Silver Triangle" in South America, has an annual output of 300 tons of cocaine. It is the world’s largest cocaine producer after Colombia. (Press TV – click here to see article)