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After the peace accords
11/5/2008
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A decade after a peace agreement, neighboring countries agree to develop their shared border.

A decade after Ecuador and Peru signed a peace agreement to formally end the Cenepa War of 1995, the presidents of both countries agreed to develop a framework to develop their shared border region.

In a bilateral meeting in the coastal Ecuadorian city of Machala, President Rafael Correa and his Peruvian counterpart Alan García said that they would work to strengthen integration of their nations, especially along the border.

Peru´s Foreign Minister, José Antonio García Belaúnde, said that both countries are willing to work on the issue so that the 1998 peace accord “isn´t only a piece of paper.”

In a statement, secretary-general of the Andean Community of Nations, Freddy Ehlers, said regional norms are complementing bilateral issues such as international transportation, border integration, electricity and immigration.

According to García Belaúnde, the two countries have invested US$3 billion in the border region since 1998, including road construction, “which has had a great impact on the quality of life of these populations.”

Trade between the two countries has skyrocketed from just $300 million in 1998 to $1.9 billion last year.

The two presidents also agreed to work to form companies with capital from both countries to increase bilateral trade.

The presidents also signed the Peruvian-Ecuadorian Migration Statute that states: “There are no illegal human beings,” and noted the “fundamental work that migrants do daily [to] the economic and social development of their countries of origin and destination.”

Under the statute, Ecuadorians and Peruvians will not need a visa to enter the others´ country and will granted a stay of 180 days, as well as work temporarily for formal businesses for 90 days.
—Latinamerica Press.


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