Peru and Ecuador Evaluate Security and Confidence-Building Measures
By Dialogo February 01, 2012
Representatives of the Peruvian and Ecuadorean governments, accompanied by military and police personnel from both countries, met in Quito to evaluate security and confidence-building measures, the Ecuadorean foreign ministry announced on January 30.
The deputy foreign ministers of Ecuador, Kintto Lucas, and Peru, José Meier, held talks in the framework of the third meeting of the Bi-national Commission on Confidence-Building and Security Measures, at which the issue of a booklet for regulating the activities of government forces along the border was addressed.
They also examined aspects of a humanitarian demining program in the border area, as well as the exchange of reports on defense spending and the control of illegal border crossings.
“We should work without cease to establish more firmly each day the trust that should preside over the relationship between the Ecuadorean and Peruvian Armed Forces and police,” Meier affirmed.
The two countries signed a peace agreement in 1998, following a long-standing territorial dispute that led to several wars.
The Ecuadorean deputy defense minster, Rosa Mercedes Pérez, and the Peruvian deputy defense minister for policy, Wilver Calle Santillán, also participated in the meeting, along with military and police personnel from both nations.
On January 19, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa announced that he will meet with his Peruvian counterpart, Ollanta Humala, in February, as part of a meeting between the two countries’ ministerial cabinets.