Lima Group opposes military intervention in Venezuela

A group of Latin American countries that includes Canada and that is largely opposed to the Venezuelan government has nevertheless expressed opposition to any military intervention in Venezuela, amid speculation that the United States is preparing to invade the country to overthrow the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

Peru’s Foreign Minister Nestor Popolizio said on Tuesday that the members of the Lima Group — a 14-country bloc that includes Canada — “do not support any military intervention in Venezuela.”

He said, however, that the group had no information about any military plan for the country.

The Lima group, which was set up in 2017 to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Venezuela, is opposed to Maduro, and recently took sides with the country’s opposition leader, Juan Guaido, who declared himself “interim president” of Venezuela last week, triggering a crisis.

The bloc had also refused to recognize Maduro as president before he was sworn in for a second six-year term earlier this month.

The US, too, has also recognized Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

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