Caracas and Lima in asylum row

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CARACAS (Agencies) - A diplomatic row loomed yesterday between Venezuela and Peru after the Peruvian President, Alberto Fujimori, granted asylum to 93 Venezuelan soldiers who took part in a coup attempt last week.

Mr Fujimori said on Sunday he was accepting the soldiers' request for asylum 'because here what we have to preserve is the security, the life and integrity of these 93 military'. The men fled by air to the Peruvian jungle town of Iquitos after the failure of Friday's attempted putsch. Venezuelan television broadcast the news from Peru shortly after midnight but there was no immediate official reaction.