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Chilean FM breaks FTA date with Japan

8 Nov 2005

Chilean FM Breaks FTA Date with Japan

Santiago de Chile, Nov 8 2005 (Prensa Latina) Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker suspended Tuesday a visit to Japan to discuss a free trade agreement as a result of Peruvian ex-President Alberto Fujimori’s arrival in the country, local media said on Tuesday.

The ex-president, who has Japanese nationality, arrived in Santiago surprisingly from Tokyo, where he had been a refugee since he resigned from his country’s government in 2000, after a notorious corruption scandal.

Fujimori arrived in Chile amid a serious sea-border conflict between this country and Peru, which has put president Ricardo Lagos’ government in an awkward situation and the occurrence is considered an "unfriendly" gesture from Japan.

Japanese Ambassador Hajime Ogawa spoke before the Chilean authorities for the Peruvian ex president to have a "correct trial" in Chile, according to official sources quoted by local media.

 source: Prensa Latina