Latin Amer­i­cans con­demn Trump over 'mil­i­tary re­sponse

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The South Amer­i­can trad­ing bloc Mer­co­sur has con­demned Pres­i­dent Trump for say­ing he was con­sid­er­ing mil­i­tary ac­tion in the Venezuela cri­sis.

Ar­gentina said di­a­logue and diplo­macy were the only ways to pro­mote democ­racy in Venezuela.

Venezuela’s for­eign min­is­ter said Mr Trump’s words had been hos­tile and dis­re­spect­ful and risked destab­lis­ing Latin Amer­ica.

Vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions since April have left more than 120 peo­ple dead.

Mer­co­sur - which in­cludes the re­gion’s largest economies, Ar­gentina and Brazil as well as Paraguay and Uruguay - in­def­i­nitely sus­pended Venezuela’s mem­ber­ship last week.

Other Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries also con­demned Mr Trump’s com­ments, in­clud­ing Mex­ico, Colom­bia and Peru, which said Mr Trump’s threat was against UN prin­ci­ples.

Peru has been a fierce critic of Mr Maduro’s gov­ern­ment. On Fri­day Peru ex­pelled Venezuela’s am­bas­sador af­ter Caracas sent an “un­ac­cept­able” re­sponse to re­gional con­dem­na­tion of its new con­stituent as­sem­bly.

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