LIMA, PERU — President Alberto Fujimori denied April 6 that his decision to dissolve Peru's Congress and suspend the Constitution was a coup and he called for more understanding from the international community.
"Initially, there has been lack of understanding on the international level," Mr. Fujimori said, "but this is basically due to incomplete information about the measures the government will take."
He said he hoped the international community would understand that "this is not a traditional coup dtat but a change of course which reflects the true aspirations of the Peruvian people."
Bernard Aronson, assistant United States secretary of state for Latin American affairs, arrived in Peru April 5 for a two-day official visit but was forced to suspend his meeting with government officials, a US Embassy spokesman said.
The US State Department on April 6 called for a return to constitutional rule and announced a suspension in all new US aid to Peru's government.