Thursday, June 18, 2009

Peruvian Ambassador enlightens the U.S. with his overview on recent conflict in Bagua

Peru's Ambassador to the United States presented his overview of the recent clashes / massacre / protests (depending on what you call it) in the Peruvian Amazon to The Council of the America's today in Washington D.C.

The Council of the America's summarizes this wonderful treat from Peruvian Ambassador, Luis Valdivieso as follows:

Security forces clashed with indigenous groups protesting the development of ancestral lands for oil and natural gas extraction in recent week. The ambassador provided an overview of the current situation, discussed Peru’s legal framework for sustainable development, and highlighted actions taken by the government toward a long-term solution, including the decision to postpone the implementation of land-use laws. He noted that a permanent solution must include dialogue with indigenous groups, the participation of civil society, and respect for democratic principles.

Click here to view/ download a PDF of the PowerPoint show Luis Valdivieso must have used when giving his presentation. I don't believe you will need his assistance in narrating the slide show.

A interesting download and read for readers not too familiar with the geopolitics of Peru. However, if you are looking for the real deal on the situation down in the Peruvian Amazon, I would not get your hopes up.

The PDF is full of fancy graphics from INEI, the National Institute of Statistics of Peru. The problem is that INEI no longer produces legitimate economic data, as Otto from IncaKolaNews and Farid Matuk explain in their respective web sites.

Farid Matuk if you didn't know was the old head of the office until President Garcia replaced him with some of his loyal chronies. You can read more about how the government replaced him and how he is now accusing the goverment of persecution in this article (in Spanish), from the usually very pro-government Lima newspaper, El Comercio.



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