Japan urges G7 nations to help end Peru hostage crisis
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December 27, 1996
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(CNN) -- Japan revealed on Friday that it has begun
consulting fellow members of the Group of Seven
industrialized nations in hopes of finding a joint solution
to the 10-day-old Peru hostage crisis.
While Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori remained silent on
possible ways to end the crisis, parliamentary speaker Victor
Joy Way said the legislature was prepared to grant an
amnesty, but would do so only if given such a proposal by the
Amnesty for Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement rebels holding
103 hostages was being discussed by government officials,
sources told CNN.
Guatemalan Ambassador Jose Maria Argueta, released Thursday
from the Japanese ambassador's residence, said he won
freedom because his government has just ended a
36-year-civil war with leftist guerrillas.
In Tokyo, Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda told a news
conference that Japan has started talks with Britain,
Germany, France, Italy, Canada and the United States to draft
a joint plan to end the drama.
A Foreign Ministry spokesman later said Japan was also in
touch with Russia on the issue.
In Bonn, a German Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed that
G7 ambassadors already had met in Lima to discuss their next
step. He said Russia was also taking part in the talks.
The move to seek a G7 solution follows a similar proposal by
Russian President Boris Yeltsin earlier this week.
Also on Friday, Peruvians living in Japan said reports of
harassment against them in connection with the hostage crisis
in Peru have been overstated. On Wednesday, Prime Minister
Ryutaro Hashimoto said he was "ashamed" of the acts of
harassment against Peruvians in Japan.
The only two notable incidents reported so far occurred over
two days last week in Isezaki, a town 100 kilometers (60
miles) northwest of Tokyo that is home to several thousand
The window of a shop that stocks Peruvian goods was smashed,
as was the windshield of a Japanese-Peruvian grocer.
Correspondent Susan Candiotti andReuters contributed to this report.
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