The Colombian Government assured, this Sunday, February 19, that the decision of the Peruvian Congress to declare ‘persona non grata’ to President Gustavo Petro, for comparing the Peruvian police to Nazi troops,”does not affect the historic bilateral relationship“.
“The Ministry of Foreign Relations (…) interprets that this is a political act of the legislative body of Peru, which does not commit the people and, therefore, does not affect the historic relationship with the sister nation“, expressed the Colombian Foreign Ministry it’s a statement.
The motion of the Peruvian Congress prohibits the entry of the Colombian president to Peru and it was approved by a large majority, on the night of Friday, February 17.
On Friday, February 10, Petro gave his opinion on the mobilization and parade of members of the Peruvian National Police (PNP) in the center of Lima, while unions and social organizations gathered to protest against the president. Dina Boluarte.
“They march like Nazis against their own people, breaking the American Convention on Human Rights“said the first Colombian president.
Given Petro’s statements, the Peruvian Parliament rejected what it considered “unacceptable statements by Mr. Petro, which constitute an offense to the Peruvian Police, to the Republic of Peru and, by trivializing the Holocaust, also constitute an offense to the entire Jewish people“.
Petro, together with the governments of Mexico, Bolivia and Argentina, has expressed its support for the ousted former Peruvian president Peter Castillo, who has been detained in a jail in Lima since December 7, accused of rebellion after he tried to dissolve Congress and rule by decree.
Castillo’s departure from power unleashed a wave of demonstrations in Peru, at times violent, which has left at least 70 dead, 48 of them in protests and direct confrontations with the security forces.
The mobilizations demand the resignation of Boluarte and general elections.
“Colombia (…) takes this opportunity to deplore the recent acts of violence that have occurred in Peru, which have affected the integrity of its citizens, both civilians and members of the public force“added the Foreign Ministry in its message.
Since Boluarte came to power, Peruvian diplomacy has had several friction with the governments of Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia.