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Peru nixes British frigate visit, citing Falklands

• http://www.palmbeachpost.com, By CARLA SALAZAR
 

— Peru has canceled a port call by a British navy frigate in solidarity with Argentina, citing the country's long-running dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands.

The frigate HMS Montrose had been scheduled to visit a naval base in Lima's El Callao port starting Thursday.

Peruvian Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo announced on Monday that the visit had been canceled.

"This decision has been adopted in the spirit of commitments to Latin American solidarity ... with respect to the legitimate rights of the Argentine republic in the sovereignty dispute" over the islands, Roncagliolo told the state-run Andina news agency.

The decision came after Argentine news media criticized Peru's initial authorization of the frigate's visit despite tensions between Argentina and Britain ahead of the 30th anniversary of their brief war over the islands.

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