Thursday, March 11, 2004

Alianza 1-Nil: Xinhua Net and Reuters report on Alianza Lima's victory over Cobreloa of Chile, 1-0, in the 2004 Copa Libertadores. The game was in Calama and Jefferson Farfan scored in the 21st minute. The Associated Press and Reuters offer a few photos of the match. Also photographed: Sporting Cristal's loss to Paraguay's Olimpia in Lima.

Whose Free Trade? The Associated Press reports that Alfredo Ferrero, Peru's foreign trade minister, "questioned U.S. insistence that a handful of legal disputes involving U.S. companies be cleared up before free-trade treaty talks between the two nations can begin." The article states that USA Ambassador J. Curtis Struble "stepped up pressure on Peru to resolve the disputes," before a Peruvian congressional committee. Included among the disputes: unpaid tax rebates, breached contracts, piracy and a warehouse permit. ARCHIVE: Ferrero's January interview with Bloomberg in which he predicted "a free trade accord with the U.S. by early next year."

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