Peru leader accuses Bolivia's Morales of meddling
July 1, 2008 -

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian President Alan Garcia said he's fed up with the Bolivian President Evo Morales for allegedly spreading rumors about U.S. military bases in Peru and encouraging a national strike July 9.

(left) Peruvian President Alan Garcia has slammed Evo Morales, saying he's interfering in his country's affairs.

So fed up, in fact, Garcia told reporters that one can respond to Morales' statements with the famed one-liner Spanish King Juan Carlos said to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez last year: "Why don't you shut up?"

Peru-Bolivia relations have deteriorated in recent weeks.

Peru's foreign minister has called his nation's ambassador to Bolivia back to Lima two days ago to discuss bilateral relations.

The move came after Morales supposedly claimed the presence of U.S. military bases on Peruvian soil and criticized Peru's free-trade pact with the United States.