26 June News Brief South America

Eduardo Herrera

SANTIAGO, Chile – Chile presents infrastructure projects to Italian businessmen: The Chilean government has presented its infrastructure projects for the coming years to Italian technology companies which visited the country. Public Works Minister Sergio Bitar announced that the sum total of contracts for the construction of motorways, hospitals, prisons and airports over the next five years amounts to US$3 billion. He explained that in the midst of the global financial crisis, Italian companies had demonstrated great technical ability, allowing for international expansion, which is of interest to Chile.

[ANSA, La Segunda, EFE]

LIMA, Peru – Vote of no confidence presented against ministerial cabinet: The opposition groups of the Peruvian Congress presented a vote of no confidence against Cabinet Chief Yehude Simon on 25 June due to his “failure to act” during the violent incidents in the Amazon, which resulted in the deaths of 24 police officers and ten civilians. The motion, which if approved would lead to his removal from the cabinet, will be debated between 29 June and 2 July, before a vote is held. Another vote centres on Interior Minister Mercedes Cabanillas regarding the same events.

[DPA, Radio Programas del Perú, La República]

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Police claim FARC have connections in 17 countries: Colombian Police Director Gen Óscar Naranjo has stated that information found on computers recovered from the site where guerrilla chief Raúl Reyes was killed in 2008 has helped to confirm that the FARC has connections in 17 countries, and that “actions to attack Colombians were prepared and executed” from within these countries. The Ecuadorian government broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia in March 2008 after Colombia attacked Reyes’s camp, which was located on Ecuadorian soil.

[El País, El Tiempo, EFE]

LA PAZ, Bolivia – Evo Morales returns without visiting UN headquarters: A technical problem on the presidential plane forced Bolivian President Evo Morales to return from Venezuela to La Paz on 25 June. This prevented him from visiting the UN's New York headquarters, where a conference was being held on the financial crisis. The president was planning to travel to New York from the Venezuelan city of Maracay to speak about the effects on Latin American development at the conference, but the delay meant that the plane would not have arrived in time.

[La Razón, Los Tiempos, DPA]

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