Peru And Chile Agree On Anti-Drug Cooperation And Reporting Arms Expenditures
By Dialogo July 26, 2010Peru and Chile agreed to relaunch cooperation mechanisms in order to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and also agreed to inform one another about their military expenditures, the Peruvian foreign ministry announced.
The agreement was reached during the visit to Lima by the Chilean deputy secretary of foreign relations, Fernando Schmidt, for the Ninth Meeting of the Peruvian-Chilean Consultation and Political Coordination Mechanism with his Peruvian counterpart, Néstor Popolizio.
Both officials highlighted the upcoming technical meeting between officials from the two countries’ defense and foreign ministries, “with a view to reviving the coordination mechanisms aimed at validating common standards for measuring military expenditures, to be held in Lima on 26 July.”
Schmidt and Popolizio also affirmed the importance of continuing work on demining in the border region, a statement by the foreign ministry indicated.
The document indicated the need to work together in the fight against drug trafficking and its serious consequences.
For this reason, the two officials agreed that the Sixth Meeting of the Mixed Commission on Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances should be held this year, at the same time that they reaffirmed their desire to collaborate on closing their borders to drug trafficking.
The deputy foreign ministers made reference to the importance of continuing to develop bilateral trade, which has reached a value of three billion dollars.
They also agreed on the importance of coordinating their participation in the regional and multilateral forums of which both countries are members, such as APEC and the Latin American Pacific Rim Forum.
Peru and Chile continue to pursue a dispute over maritime borders in the Pacific Ocean, which is being heard by the International Court of Justice in The Hague in consequence of a suit filed by Peru in 2008. Santiago maintains that the borders have been determined, and Lima does not consider this to be the case.
The two presidents, Alan García of Peru and Sebastián Piñera of Chile, met in May at the Euro-Latin American summit in Madrid, where they announced progress in “thawing” their relations.