Peru’s President hopes to normalize relations with Bolivia

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Peruvian President Alan Garcia said  that he hoped the country’s ties with Bolivia could be normalized.

"We have to normalize the ties," Garcia said, "I think there are many things that unite us."

Garcia said Peru has "never taken an anti-trade or anti-national measure against Bolivia, (like) closing borders or expelling Bolivian citizens."

The Peru-Bolivia ties were strained in May when Lima gave political asylum to three former Bolivian government ministers accused of genocide.

Bolivia’s President Evo Morales even threatened to sue Peru in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Garcia said that Peru is open for discussions over the extradition of the three ministers who served in former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez’s government.

"Everything can be done under the law, under the internal and international procedures," Garcia said as quoted by Xinhua news agency.

Garcia said that Peru and Bolivia share a lot of common interests, and both will benefit from bilateral trade and mutual investment.

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