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Cablegate: Peru Perplexed by Ecuadorian Maritime Complaint

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SUBJECT: PERU PERPLEXED BY ECUADORIAN MARITIME COMPLAINT

1. (SBU) Peru's MFA is perplexed by recent news reports that
the Government of Ecuador (GOE) planned to send a formal note
of complaint for Peru's alleged failure to agree to GOE
protocol relating to Peruvian naval vessels' passage into
Ecuadorian territorial waters during upcoming UNITAS naval
exercises. (The news reports stated that the GOE would also
send a note of protest to the U.S. The initial venue of the
UNITAS exercises, in waters off Ecuador's coast, has been
changed due to Ecuadorian demands.)

2. (SBU) MFA Director General for South American Affairs
Jose Luis Salinas (protect) told us May 7 that, contrary to
news reports, there existed no dispute in connection with
maritime boundaries between Peru and Ecuador, and that
Foreign Minister Garcia Belaunde had reaffirmed this fact in
public responses to Ecuadorian allegations. Salinas said the
MFA had not received any formal note of protest from the GOE,
saw no justification for it, and doubted that one would be
forthcoming. He speculated that Ecuadorian government
officials had overreacted to the agitations of certain
sectors within that country and (speaking personally)
attributed the government's overreaction to inexperience.
Salinas affirmed that the 1952 Maritime Zone Declaration and
the 1954 Special Maritime Border Agreement unambiguously
defined the maritime boundary between Peru and Ecuador. He
acknowledged that these agreements fell short of formal
treaty status, which he averred was a longer term goal of the
Government of Peru.
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