February 6, 1995 in Nation/World

Peru, Ecuador Renew Fighting

Associated Press

New fighting was reported between Peruvian and Ecuadorean troops along their disputed jungle border Sunday as ceasefire talks in Brazil broke up without a truce.

Ecuador charged that Peruvian fighters attacked its posts at the headwaters of the Cenepa River, where the two countries have been fighting on and off for 10 days - the latest flare-up in a dispute that dates to 1941.

President Alberto Fujimori, who visited the border region Sunday, said Peruvian troops had surrounded the base of Tihuinza and were advancing on the post.

He also said 22 Peruvian soldiers had been killed in fighting with Ecuador - twice the number previously given by Peru. Ecuador says eight of its soldiers have died and two are missing and presumed dead since fighting erupted Jan. 26.

The the border runs through an area which may contain gold, uranium and oil.

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