The former president’s wife Pedro CastilloLilia Paredes, as well as her two youngest children, are already asylum seekers in Mexican territory after boarding a flight from Lima yesterday morning and being welcomed by the government of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).
“It is the family of Pedro Castillo who is already in Mexico City, who was at the embassy and who has already been granted asylum. Ambassador Pablo Monroy continues in Lima, but we do want him to return as soon as possible,” the Mexican president explained to the press yesterday.
Paredes and his children arrived in the Mexican capital at 6:50 am on a commercial flight of the Aeroméxico airline.
Meanwhile, Ambassador Monroy’s departure from Peru is a matter of hours after being declared persona non grata by the government, due to AMLO’s constant interference in internal affairs.
On Tuesday night, the ambassador had accompanied the Castillo family –along with a large entourage– to the airport, and remained by their side during the immigration procedures before boarding the plane.
The Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, also confirmed through social networks the arrival of the Castillo family and assured that his country “has honored its tradition of asylum.”
Once in Mexico, Lilia Paredes and her children were received by Martín Borrego, general director for South America of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Later, the National Institute of Migration gave them their respective immigration documents so that they can remain in the country, which was recorded in photographs.
Up to now, Mexico has not disclosed the benefits that will be granted to the family of the ex-president, as part of the asylum.
Former ambassador Carlos Pareja explained to Peru21 that the 1954 Asylum Convention does not regulate any benefits, and that this is more at the discretion of the country that grants asylum.
“Provide you with accommodation, a monthly stipend or something like that, that is at the discretion of the host government. But it is not regulated nor is it enforceable either”, remarked Pareja.
I KNEW THAT
- “(It) has been decided not to break relations, among other things, because we need to maintain our embassy to provide protection to Mexicans who reside, work, and live in Peru,” the Mexican president said yesterday.
- “The embassy continues in its function, a person in charge has already been appointed and we are still awaiting the events in Peru,” he added.