U.S. troops. Photo: Taken from Prensa Latina.
The Peruvian government reported on Wednesday that it authorized the entry into its territory of more than a thousand troops from the United States, in addition to air and nautical means, with the aim of training the Armed Forces and the National Police.
The decision was made official by two resolutions published in the Bulletin of Legal Standards of the newspaper El Peruano, in which it is indicated that the military will develop special operations with the Joint Intelligence and Special Operations Command (Cioec).
They will also carry out activities with the Joint Special Forces (FEC), the Special Operations Forces (FOE) of the Navy, the Special Forces Group (Grufe) of the Peruvian Air Force, the Anti-Drug Directorate (Dirandro) and the Special Forces Directorate (Diroes) of the National Police.
The trainings will be held in Lima, Callao, Loreto, San Martin, Santa Lucia, Huanuco, Ucayali, Pasco, Junin, Huancavelica, Cusco, Ayacucho, Iquitos, Pucusana and Apurimac.
The U.S. military will arrive in several groups, between June 1 and December 31, 2023. The largest will be composed of 970 Air Force, Space Force and Special Forces personnel who will have planes, trucks and rapid response boats to participate in the Resolute Sentinel 2023 maneuver.
Peru's Congress approved the entry of U.S. military personnel on May 19. Only the leftist bloc opposed the motion, arguing that national security and sovereignty will not be guaranteed.
Héctor Bejar, former foreign minister, recalled that the Peruvian government is "the result of a coup d'état and author of 70 deaths." He pointed out that the presence of US troops is "a deterrent, part of a policy of fear of the Peruvian people who have announced new protests for next July."
(With information from teleSUR)