Chávez shows restraint in latest spat with Peru
Venezuela withdrew its ambassador this week after Peru offered asylum to Chávez's political rival who faces corruption charges.
Venezuela's Foreign Ministry issued an angry statement, however, saying that Peru's decision "constitutes a mockery of international law, a tough blow to the fight against corruption and an insult to the people of Venezuela."
The Chávez government had asked Peru to arrest Rosales and return him to Venezuela to face charges that he's failed to account for why his declared worth in 2000 was $68,000 less than what his bank accounts showed in 2004, when he was the governor of Zulia state.
Rosales has said he earned the money from a ranch that he owns and reported this in his income tax returns. He's said he sought asylum in Peru because he'd become a victim of "political persecution" by Chávez.
Peruvian Defense Minister Antero Flores Araoz said Tuesday that it wasn't an "unfriendly" decision. Peru has granted asylum to two other Chávez opponents, one a former state governor and the other a prominent union leader.
Chávez could have booted out Peru's ambassador to Venezuela, which would have provoked Peru to expel Venezuela's envoy.