Peru calls on re­gion to sever ties with Venezuela

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Lima, Peru - Peru said on Fri­day it will urge the so-called ‘Lima Group’ of coun­tries to cut diplo­matic ties with Venezuela and is­sue travel bans against all top of­fi­cials in Pres­i­dent Ni­co­las Maduro’s gov­ern­ment.

The 14-mem­ber re­gional group re­fuses to recog­nise Venezuela’s May elec­tions, in which Maduro won a new sixyear term in a vote marred by ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

“The nat­u­ral con­se­quence is to pro­pose, as one of the ac­tions we take, the sev­er­ing of diplo­matic re­la­tions with Venezuela,” said Pe­ru­vian For­eign Minister Nestor Popolizio.

He said that Peru would in­tro­duce a mea­sure to that ef­fect, as well as a travel ban on se­nior Venezue­lan of­fi­cials, at a De­cem­ber 19 meeting of the group.

The aim, he said, is to pres­sure the ‘Maduro dic­ta­tor­ship’ as the left­ist leader pre­pares to be sworn in on Jan­uary 10 for his sec­ond term at the head of the cri­sis-racked coun­try.

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