RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

PERU AND ECUADOR SQUARE OFF IN A LONG-STANDING TERRITORIAL DISPUTE, BUT NO ONE IS EXACTLY SURE WHY

In an era of rising continental integration and falling trade barriers, the armed clash between two democracies deep in the Andean jungle was more than a little bizarre. To the governments--and soldiers--of Ecuador and Peru, however, the situation was deadly serious. For much of last week, military units were mobilizing and troops were trading fire over a sparsely populated 78 km of undemarcated territory that has been claimed by both countries for the past 53 years. Some 60 soldiers on both sides were killed or wounded before the countries agreed to a tentative cease-fire.

What was all the fighting about?...

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