Peruvian ambassador quits after meeting rebel supporters

Lima: Peruvian Ambassador to Argentina Nicolas Lynch submitted his resignation to President Ollanta Humala, who accepted it Sunday, in the wake of his meeting with supporters of the Shining Path guerrilla group in Buenos Aires. Lynch arrived in Lima Friday after being recalled by Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo. The ambassador was asked to explain why he met in January with representatives of Movadef, a group that has been calling for a pardon for Shining Path founder Abimael Guzman, who is serving a life prison sentence for terrorism. Roncagliolo asked Lynch to resign after learning that the ambassador told Argentina’s Radio Master that he met with the Movadef members because “the embassy is the home of Peruvians”, media reports said. Humala accepted the ambassador’s resignation and cancelled his credentials, a resolution published Sunday in the official El Peruano newspaper said.

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