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Argentine Government Embarrassed By Weapons Sale To Ecuador

LADB Article ID: 56184
Category/Department: Argentina
Date: 1995-03-31
By: LADB Staff

The alleged shipment of 75 tons of weapons from Argentina to Ecuador, apparently delivered during the five-week war between Ecuador and Peru, is proving to be an embarrassment to the government of President Carlos Saul Menem. On March 10, Menem ordered a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the sale, but little progress has been made. Meanwhile, the opposition is calling for the resignation of those responsible, including Defense Minister Oscar Camilion. Argentina is one of the four guarantor countries along with the US, Chile, and Brazil of the 1942 Rio de Janeiro Protocol between Peru and Ecuador.

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