April 25, 2001 |
Anti-drug warriors involved in a U.S.-Peruvian airborne interdiction effort that has slashed the South American nation's cocaine production had a warning for smugglers: "You fly, you die." That warlike motto governed the zone of low-intensity conflict into which a Cessna seaplane carrying U.S. Baptist missionaries flew last week with disastrous results: A Peruvian air force jet assisted by a CIA surveillance plane mistakenly shot down the Cessna, killing a woman and her infant daughter.
April 24, 2001 |
While two governments struggled over blame in the gunning down of a plane flying American evangelists over the jungles of Peru, the friends and relatives of a slain missionary already had their answer. It was God's will, they said--with the same devout assuredness that led Veronica "Roni" Bowers on her final flight.
April 22, 2001 |
U.S. and Peruvian investigators Saturday were trying to unravel the perplexing circumstances in which an American missionary and her infant daughter died when a Peruvian air force anti-drug plane shot down their Cessna--an incident that also involved a U.S. surveillance aircraft. As part of an anti-drug program in which U.S. aircraft help interdict smuggling flights, an unarmed U.S.
November 22, 2000 |
The raiders struck before dawn, 10 well-armed agents of the Peruvian intelligence service descending on a house here. The target was not a terrorists' hide-out. It was a secret "intelligence house" operated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration with approval of the Peruvian government. The military judge leading the raid threatened to arrest the U.S.-trained Peruvian police officers inside who were using high-tech equipment to intercept communications by drug traffickers.
September 30, 2000 |
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, apparently reassured of the support of the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere for his beleaguered government, pledged Friday to guarantee "stability and democracy" until elections are held next year. On the second day of a hastily arranged visit to Washington, Fujimori met with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and National Security Advisor Samuel R. "Sandy" Berger to discuss his plans for a transition of power.
September 29, 2000 |
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori took a hastily arranged trip to Washington on Thursday to appeal for international support for his troubled regime and his plan to remain in office until new elections are held next year. With rumors of a planned military coup swirling in Lima, Peru's capital, Fujimori conferred with Cesar Gaviria, secretary-general of the Organization of American States. He was scheduled to meet with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright today. After months of ignoring U.S.