At the National Museum in Lima, the stage is being set for this Friday and Saturday’s summit of European, Latin American and Caribbean heads of state and government – dubbed EU-LAC. An alternative people’s summit is already in progress.
Some 35,000 police are assigned for guard duty in the Peruvian capital. Preliminary conversation along bilateral lines is also well under way. Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates has been in Caracas, where Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is promising to sell Portugal oil. Chavez has not confirmed if he will go to Lima. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Mexico discussed recent anti-German insults by Chavez with President Felipe Calderon, branding them aggressive and populist. France says it will raise questions on hostages held by rebels in Columbia, as President Nicolas Sarkozy and Ecuadorian counterpart Rafael Correa did on Tuesday in Paris. Sarkozy is sending Prime Minister Francois Fillon to Peru. Lima reports that several EU-LAC delegates will attend the People’s Summit at the Engineering University. Climate change, poverty and trade are at the top of the leaders’ agenda.