September 30, 2010 / 6:41 PM / in 7 years

Peru's Garcia says to shut Ecuador border due unrest

LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Alan Garcia said he was ordering the immediate closure of the border with neighboring Ecuador, where unrest erupted on Thursday with troops taking control of the main airport.

In confused and chaotic scenes in Quito, scores of soldiers swarmed over the landing strip of the international airport and President Rafael Correa accused rivals of seeking a coup and said he was considering dissolving Congress.

“I’m going to order that our borders are closed right now and that all trade on the northern border is halted until President Correa’s authority is duly restored and resolved,” Garcia said.

Garcia said foreign ministers from across South America would try to travel to Ecuador in a bid to resolve the conflict.

He also proposed a meeting of the regional ministers near to the border with Ecuador if they cannot make it into Ecuador.

Reporting by Patricia Velez; Writing by Helen Popper, Editing by Sandra Maler

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