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Peru’s president, Pedro Kuczynski, congratulates Ecuador’s newly sworn-in president, Lenin Moreno, May 24, 2017. Tensions flared between Peru and Ecuador’s previous administration over a wall being built near their border (AP photo by Dolores Ochoa).

What’s Driving Recent Border Tensions Between Ecuador and Peru?

Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Ecuador’s new president, Lenin Moreno, has helped blunt escalating tensions along his country’s border with Peru, holding in place a two-decade peace accord that has brought benefits to both sides. Plans to build a wall along the border have been halted, and strains appear to have been eased. In an email interview, Ambassador Marcel Fortuna Biato, a career Brazilian diplomat who was a principal adviser to the senior Brazilian negotiator during the Peru-Ecuador peace process from 1995 to 1998, explains the roots of the conflict dating back to the 19th century, how active measures to bring law and order to the border region almost resulted in fresh conflict, and how a peace that has benefited both countries ultimately prevailed.

WPR: What are the origins of the territorial dispute between Peru and Ecuador, and how does it fit in with the broader bilateral relationship? ...

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