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Friday, October 23, 2009

Peruvian, Ecuadorian Presidents hold "historical" bilateral meeting

LIMA, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Peruvian President Alan Garcia and his Ecuadorian counterpart Rafael Correa on Thursday held talks which were described by them as "historical" following armed confrontation over a century.

"We have to adjust bills with the history. We do not have one second more to spend, our people have lost a lot on war conflicts," said Correa at the end of 3rd Bilateral Ministerial Cabinet Meeting held in Piura city, northwest Peru.

During the meeting, the two presidents signed six cooperation agreements.

Referring to the peace agreement signed on Oct. 26, 1998 in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia, the Peruvian president said "we are surpassing the agenda" of the agreement.

"Never in the political history of Latin America and in the world, there have been sustained and continuous works in fact like the ones we have been doing," Garcia added.

Over the last 100 years, Peru and Ecuador had experienced several armed conflicts over border issues, such as the war of 1941 in the El Oro border area, the conflict over the military base of Paquisha in 1981 and the Cenepa war in 1995.

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