The president, Pedro Castillo, accepts the resignation of Béjar
MADRID, 18 `
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Peru, Héctor Béjar, presented his resignation on Tuesday after the uproar caused by some old statements in which he accused the Navy of having initiated “terrorism” in the country.
The Government has communicated that the president, Pedro Castillo, has accepted the resignation of Béjar, hours after several Peruvian media advanced the news and the prime minister, Guido Bellido, announced that there would be “changes to the country’s progress.” although without mentioning the already ex-foreign minister.
The resignation of Béjar comes a day after having held a meeting with the president, Pedro Castillo, amid the strong criticism he had been receiving since last weekend a Peruvian television station released a few statements last his in which he spoke about the role that the Navy would have played in the fight against Shining Path.
“Terrorism in Peru was started by the Navy, and that can be demonstrated historically,” explaining that the military institution had been trained for this purpose by the United States Intelligence Agency (CIA).
“I am convinced, although I cannot prove it, that the Shining Path has been largely the product of the services of the CIA and North American Intelligence, I cannot prove it, but I am convinced of that,” he said.
The requests for him to resign from the position come from before, after the opposition has questioned his suitability to occupy the position due to his guerrilla past. Béjar, a university professor, writer and sociologist, was the founder in the 1960s of the short-lived National Liberation Army (ELN) during the dictatorship of General Juan Velasco Alvarado (1968-1975).