Peruvian congressman to ask U.S. to prevent Chile from purchasing F-16 planes from Netherlands

Juvenal Ordóñez, of the Nationalist Party, has said that there is "a certain level of concern (…) perhaps due to the firmness with which Peru is confronting the maritime border dispute at The Hague".

04 de Mayo de 2009 | 13:15 | El Mercurio Online

SANTIAGO.- After Chile confirmed that it has been negotiating the purchase of F-16 planes from the Netherlands, Peruvian congressman Juvenal Ordóñez (who also belongs to Foreign Affairs Department of Peru) has said that he will ask the United States government to prevent the transaction from being completed.

According to Radio Cooperativa, Ordóñez contended that he is going to “propose the idea that the Peruvian government should get in touch with the United States of America in order to ask the nation to intervene and prevent the purchase”.

It is worth noting that the United States is authorized to supervise the purchase, since the aircrafts of are U.S. origin.

According to Ordóñez, it would be logical to postpone Chile’s purchase of the planes “until the situation is clarified and we know exactly whether or not this is about replacing equipment or not”.


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