Peru asks Ecuador to halt construction of border wall

The construction is expected to hurt cross border integration and it can potentially disrupt the flow of water in a canal that separates the two countries, raising flood risks for Peruvian cities.

By: Reuters | Lima | Published:June 6, 2017 8:48 am

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Peru asked Ecuador on Monday to “immediately” stop building a wall along the two South American countries’ 1,529-km (950.08-mile) border and has called for an urgent bilateral meeting to discuss the issue, Peru’s foreign ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said it had asked Ecuador’s ambassador to deliver a letter saying that the wall would hurt cross-border integration. It could also disrupt the flow of water in a canal that separates the two countries, raising flood risks for Peruvian cities, the ministry added.
Ecuador has said that the wall was necessary to stop smuggling.

Territorial disputes led to a three-year war between the two countries in the 1990s. Cross-border trade remains fluid, though passage of contraband is common, according to Peruvian police.

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