Security tight as Peru prepares for summit
The summit, to be held Friday and Saturday, will be attended by 23 world
from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.
Military personnel, armored vehicles and security checkpoints are in place.
is tightest in the quiet neighborhood surrounding the hotel where the summit is to
be held, with all persons, bags and vehicles to be searched.
The summit will focus on economic problems in the region and the war on
and Peruvian Foreign Minister Diego Garcia-Sayan said there will be declarations
involving the international economic world and international terrorism.
Ibero-American finance ministers are calling for solidarity with Argentina
its crisis-ridden economy from defaulting on loans. Also, they are appealing for an
end to Cuba's exclusion from multinational and regional loan institutions.
Cuban President Fidel Castro was expected to arrive in Peru on Friday.
from El Salvador, Nicaragua, Colombia, Spain, Guatemala, Portugal and Paraguay
have already arrived.
There have been protests in advance of the summit. Laid-off Peruvian workers
staged a peaceful march asking to meet with government officials to resolve the
fate of thousands who lost their jobs during the tenure of former President Alberto
The "Mothers Against Repression," a Miami-based anti-Castro group, is in
draw attention to Cuba's exile community throughout the world and the lack of
freedoms in the island nation.
-- CNN Correspondent Lucia Newman contributed to this report.