Venezuela says it has no plans, for the moment, to withdraw its ambassador from Peru, despite Lima's decision to withdraw the Peruvian ambassador in Caracas.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez told state television Sunday that Venezuela will not get drawn into what he called "provocations."

Peru recalled its ambassador to Venezuela Saturday, citing what it said was Venezuela's "persistent and flagrant interference in Peru's internal affairs."

The move came a day after Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called Peruvian presidential candidate Alan Garcia "a thief," and again endorsed rival candidate Ollanta Humala. Humala will take part in a presidential runoff election on May 28, in which Garcia will almost certainly be the other candidate.

Mr. Chavez said he will cut diplomatic ties with Peru if Garcia is elected president.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.