Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Peru gives Mexico’s ambassador 72 hours to leave the country

LIMA ( Associated Press) – The Peruvian government has declared the Mexican ambassador to that country persona non grata and given him 72 hours to leave Peruvian territory after the Mexican government granted political asylum to the family of ousted Peruvian President Pedro Castillo.

Castillo’s wife and minor children left for Mexico on Wednesday morning as political refugees, according to local media reports.

The Peruvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ana Gervasi, assured that the decision to ask Mexican ambassador Pablo Monroe Consa to withdraw from Peruvian territory was due to the “repeated expressions of the highest authorities of that country” about the political situation in Peru. ” was taken. What constitutes “interference” in our internal affairs. They, according to the minister, “are violating the principle of non-interference.”

Gervasi argued that the measure is based on the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

Mexico’s response came through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which issued a statement announcing that the government had instructed its ambassador to return to the country to “protect his safety and physical integrity”. His diplomatic representative will be in charge of First Secretary Carla Ornelas Loera.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard rejected the measure, saying “I find this decision unfounded and reprehensible”, and in a message on his Twitter account, said that the conduct of a diplomat “is in line with the law and the principle of non-interference.” , Ebrard denied a change in Mexico’s position in the face of the Peruvian crisis.

The Peruvian minister confirmed that Castillo’s wife, Lilia Paredes, and their two minor children were given safe-conduct to comply with the obligations of the Caracas Convention on Political Asylum, the loss of diplomatic protection status that Pedro Castillo had by Mexico. was provided after. former President.

He informed Mexico that Paredes was being investigated by Peru’s prosecutor’s office for alleged crimes of corruption and would request his extradition if judicial authorities so required.

According to the prosecutor’s office, Paredes joined a criminal organization with Castillo and other relatives in order to take advantage of the resources of the Peruvian state.

The decision of Ambassador Monroe Conessa’s fate comes a day after Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared in favor of holding early elections in Peru to find a way out of the crisis facing the country.

Relations between Mexico and Peru have been strained in recent days following statements in support of the president by López Obrador, who was ousted and arrested in early December. Castillo is being investigated in Peru for crimes of insurrection, conspiracy, abuse of authority and serious disturbance of the public peace.

Peru’s foreign ministry announced on 15 December that it summoned its ambassadors to Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Mexico for consultations in protest of that country’s “interference in internal affairs”.

The decision came after the governments of Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Bolivia expressed in a joint statement that Castillo has been a victim of political “persecution” since taking office last year. He urged the Andean country to “refrain from subverting the popular will” in elections.

The Peruvian Foreign Ministry also summoned Ambassador Monroe Conesa on 9 December to express the Bolluarte government’s disapproval of the Mexican authorities.

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