WORLD IN BRIEF : SOUTH AMERICA : Peru, Ecuador Swap 9 Prisoners of War

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Ecuador and Peru have released nine prisoners of war, and three Peruvian pilots are still missing, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. The simultaneous exchange--the first since the two nations' month-old border clash--was carried out under Red Cross auspices after the two countries' foreign ministers signed a second cease-fire accord. "The release operation involved two Ecuadorean prisoners of war held in Peru and seven Peruvian POWs held in Ecuador," the Geneva-based humanitarian agency said in a statement.

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