Peru to pro­pose Lima Group nations cut ties with Venezuela

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LIMA, (Reuters) - Peru wants about a dozen coun­tries in the re­gion to break diplo­matic re­la­tions with Venezuela in the hope of pres­sur­ing Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro and bring­ing down his gov­ern­ment, Peru’s for­eign minister said yesterday.

The mea­sure would be the sharpest re­buke of Maduro so far from the so­called Lima Group since it was formed in Au­gust 2017 to push for demo­cratic re­forms in Venezuela. Mem­bers in­clude Canada, Brazil, Ar­gentina, Mex­ico, Colom­bia, Chile and Paraguay.

Peru might not be able to get all 14 Lima Group nations on board with its pro­posal. But Peru­vian For­eign Minister Nestor Popolizio said it might help em­bolden the op­po­si­tion.

“What we as­pire is for there to be im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional pres­sure ... to prompt the mo­bi­liza­tion of the op­po­si­tion to es­tab­lish a tran­si­tion mech­a­nism and end Maduro’s regime,” Popolizio told a news con­fer­ence with in­ter­na­tional me­dia.

Maduro has ac­cused the Lima Group of be­ing part of a U.S.-led in­ter­na­tional con­spir­acy to top­ple him and take control of Venezuela’s oil re­sources.

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