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Suriname president arrives in Peru for UNASUR summit
Published on November 30, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

LIMA, Peru -- Suriname’s President Desi Bouterse, and a large delegation comprised of Ambassador Arnold Halfhide of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Alvares, former permanent secretary of foreign affairs and other diplomats have arrived in Lima, Peru, for the 6th Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) heads of government summit, which was due to begin on Thursday.

Peru currently holds the rotating presidency of UNASUR.

Meanwhile, it was not certain whether Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar would arrive in the Peruvian capital on Thursday for the summit due to corruption scandals in his administration, and political instability facing Guyana, where racial politics have plagued the country since the 1960s. Ramotar did not show up at the last Arab-South America Summit in Peru.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has cancelled her visit to Peru due to a corruption scandal involving her administration and that of her predecessor, Lula Da Silva.

According to information released by the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nine leaders have confirmed their participation in the meeting while Bolivia's Evo Morales and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez are yet to confirm.

On Thursday evening, Peruvian President Ollanta Humala was due to host a dinner in honour of the visiting UNASUR leaders at the Government Palace.

Suriname will host a UNASUR heads of government summit in 2014.
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