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Tension over Ecuadorian Border Wall Rises as Peru Summons Ambassador

By: Karina Martín - Jul 11, 2017, 3:53 pm
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Relations have worsened following Peru’s decision to summon Ambassador to Ecuador Hugo Otero back to the country in response to a controversial border wall. (Twitter)

Español Peru and Ecuador are in a diplomatic crisis following the construction of a controversial border wall between the two countries.

During the initial announcement of the construction plan, Peru expressed its disapproval, citing international violations the project would commit, but Ecuador continued with the project. Now, relations have worsened following Peru’s decision to summon Ambassador to Ecuador Hugo Otero back to the country.

The wall was built as part of Linear Park on the right bank of the The Zarumilla River. During the initial announcement about the project, Peru’s Foreign Ministry said the construction could raise the risk of flooding in the border city of Aguas Verdes. Additionally, Peru claimed the wall — which is four-yards high — could violate the 1998 Bases Agreement, which requires 10 open yards on the right river bank, as well as a path to that strip of land.

 

The Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry said it “regrets” Peru’s decision to pull their ambassador based only on Ecuador’s refusal to stop the wall construction being carried out in the area.

Ecuador officials reiterated their willingness to hold a meeting this week between foreign ministers that will address the border wall and other issues related to the Zarumilla River.

 

“Ecuador believes that dialogue is the valid mechanism for overcoming any divergence between sister countries,” the Foreign Ministry’s statement said. “So it reiterates its willingness and openness to address these issues immediately.”

The structure had an initial extension of 2,000 yards, but Ecuador officials said it will now only be 800 in total.

Sources: El Comercio; La República; Gestión.

Karina Martín Karina Martín

Karina Martín is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post based in Valencia. She holds a bachelor's degree in Modern Languages from the Arturo Michelena University.

Honduran Journalist Seeking Asylum Murdered in Mexico

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jul 11, 2017, 2:57 pm
Mexican Journalist

Español Edwin Rivera Paz, a Honduran journalist who was taking refuge in Mexico due to death threats he had received in his country, was killed last Monday in Acayucan, Veracruz, by an armed unit that was travelling by motorcycle, according to Ruben Figueroa, director of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement. Rivera Paz, 28, arrived in Mexico after fellow journalist Igor Padilla was murdered in Honduras last January by suspected members of Mara 18. The young journalist had applied for political asylum to the Mexican Aid Commission To Refugees (COMAR). Read More: 2016 Was a Tragic Year for Journalism in Mexico Read More: My Newest Hero of Journalism: Anibel Hernandez of Mexico https://twitter.com/FGE_Veracruz/status/884553032591040512 The Attorney General of Veracruz confirmed the death of the Honduran and detailed that he has already begun an investigation to capture those responsible for the murder. Meanwhile, Martha Sánchez Soler, president of the Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, demanded that the authorities of Veracruz bring those responsible for the murder to justice. Last April, a commitment was made to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), and federal and state authorities, to strengthen the security of the migrants' route from Coatzacoalcos to Acayucan, where the organization has warned that during the first six months of this year there have been massive amounts of kidnappings of Central Americans who travel through Veracruz to reach their final destination in the United States. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); Seven Hondurans with mutilated fingers have been found among the victims who have been registered in at least three mass kidnappings along this route. Cartels and criminal gangs in Mexico are widely believed to operate with impunity, and have often threatened journalists who investigate their activities. The Mexican state is seen as a weak and ineffective actor, incapable of guaranteeing the safety of journalists in the Aztec country. Mexico remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world in which to be a journalist. Source: Political Animal

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