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Hoy podemos ser una nación, a pesar de las predicciones en contra, porque la guerra unificó recursos y energías". El conflicto condujo a una mejoría relativa de la situación económica y logística de las fuerzas militares: el Banco de la República accedió a un préstamo de 5 millones de pesos para los gastos de armamento más urgentes; un empréstito para la defensa nacional añade la suma de diez millones y medio de pesos y, finalmente, las clases adineradas enviaron al Banco de la República oro y joyas avaluadas en cuarenta millones de pesos, como contribución a los esfuerzos bélicos.

Así se bus caba dar un cariz nacional al ejército naciente y evitar que fuera denunciado como un aparato exclusivo del partido conservador. El Servido Militar Obligatorio Uno de los fundamentos de una auténtica profe sionalización militar y, ante todo. de la nacionalización de la institución castrense, el servicio militar obligatorio, va a sufrir serios trastornos en estos años. La primera norma de importancia, la Ley 167 del 31 de diciembre de 1896, definió las líneas generales en lo relativo a la prestación del servicio militar en el país, pero por diversos facto res no tuvo aplicación práctica: Art.

Y las afirmaciones iniciales del gobierno peruano, dirigido entonces por el teniente coronel Luis Sánchez Cerro, negaban toda participación oficial de su administración en la toma de Leticia, atribuida a una conspiración comunista interna. Esta versión es inicialmente acogida por la prensa nacional y el propio, gobierno como se evidencia en las declaraciones rendidas por el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores el día 2 de Septiembre: "El movimiento subversivo de Leticia no tiene en manera alguna carácter internacional.

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