(Adds comments from Peru president, foreign minister)
LIMA Nov 28 Peru said on Saturday it canceled
a trip by its defense minister to neighboring Chile after
Peru's army chief was shown making anti-Chilean statements
Edwin Donayre was discovered on the video-sharing website
YouTube this week saying that Chileans should not be allowed
into the country, and that if they did enter they would have to
leave in "boxes" and "plastic bags."
The statements apparently were made months ago at a private
meeting. But they caused an uproar in both countries after they
appeared in local media in recent days, drawing assurances from
Peruvian President Alan Garcia that the army chief would get a
"I have conferred with the foreign minister and as per his
recommendations I have decided not to travel to Chile for the
moment and will await another time," said Peruvian Defense
Minister Antero Flores-Araoz.
He had been scheduled to attend an event in the Chilean
port city of Valparaiso next week.
The decision came a day after a Chilean government
spokesman said such a visit might be "inopportune" given the
The spokesman's remark drew a sharp response from Peru on
Saturday. Garcia said his country "did not accept pressure or
orders from anybody outside of Peru."
Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde said,
"Frankly, when one is 'uninvited,' it's not very courteous."
The incident is the latest diplomatic spat between Chile
and Peru, which have good relations but disagree on issues
ranging from maritime borders to the origins of a grape liquor
they both make called Pisco.
(Reporting by Teresa Cespedes; Writing by Pav Jordan; Editing
by Xavier Briand)