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Peru's introduction of no-fly zone changes outlook for shootdown risks

05 February 2015

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The government of President Ollanta Humala announced on 4 February the introduction of a no-fly zone in the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM) region, an area known for its concentration of coca crops and where the remnants of Maoist insurgency Sendero Luminoso (SL) operate along with drug traffickers.

A soldier stands inside a crater created by explosives planted by Peruvian counternarcotics forces on part of a clandestine grassy airstrip, in the VRAEM region on 19 September 2014. (PA)A soldier stands inside a crater created by explosives planted by Peruvian counternarcotics forces on part of a clandestine grassy airstrip, in the VRAEM region on 19 September 2014. (PA)

The aim of the no-fly zone is to facilitate the interception of aircraft carrying drugs mainly travelling from and to neighbouring Bolivia. Civilian aircraft will not be allowed to enter the VRAEM air space within the localities of Atalaya, Malvinas, Mazamari, and Pichari up to 10,000 metres of altitude without the previous formal authorisation of the armed forces, according to Alberto Otarola, the head of the government anti-drug agency DEVIDA.



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