Sunday, November 15, 2009

Spy scandal strains diplomatic ties

South American neighbours Chile and Peru are embroiled in a serious diplomatic row following a Peruvian court's arrest order for two Chilean military officers for allegedly spying.

Peru is seeking the extradition of the two Chilean military officers and has opened an official inquiry into the matter.

The two officers were allegedly in league with a Peruvian Air Force officer who has been charged with revealing state secrets, espionage and money laundering.

Peruvian president Alan Garcia cancelled talks with his Chilean counterpart Michelle Bachelet at the APEC summit in Singapore to return to Peru early for a briefing on the scandal.


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