Peru And Chile Will Meet To Analyze Equalization Of Military Expenditures
By Dialogo July 21, 2010
The top Peruvian and Chilean military commanders will hold the first technical meeting to establish shared criteria for the equalization of military expenditures between the two countries in Lima on 26 July, Peruvian defense minister Rafael Rey said.
The minister indicated that “the technical meeting on 26 July between the top Peruvian and Chilean military commanders was agreed during his visit to Santiago and is part of Chilean president Sebastián Piñera’s new policy of seeking closer relations,” according to the Andina official news agency.
At the same time, Rey announced that the Chilean defense minister, Jaime Ravinet, will visit Peru in August, although a specific date has not yet been set.
The Chilean minister’s visit will reciprocate Rey’s visit to Santiago in May, Andina reported.
Peru and Chile have made efforts in recent years to improve their relations, and in this context, a “two-plus-two” mechanism was designed, by which the two countries’ foreign and defense ministers met periodically with the aim of building trust and establishing mechanisms of transparency in the military arena.
These meetings ceased to be held after Peru sued Chile in the International Court of Justice in The Hague in January 2008 over a maritime dispute.