Peru Withdraws Venezuela's Invitation to Regional Meeting

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 15, 2018

14 de febrero de 2018, 15:45Lima, Feb 14 (Prensa Latina) A parliamentary motion demanded today to declare the United States President, Donald Trump, persona non grata as he is considered to be xenophobic and a threat to peace, in face of his arrival in Peru for the Summit of the Americas.

Venezuela's pro-government election officials recently announced that the presidential election will be April 22, though traditionally the vote has been held late in the year.

The statement stopped short of saying the group would not recognise the results of the election, though several members, including Venezuela's neighbour Colombia, have already done so.

"I want to inform that the Peruvian Government, with the support of the Lima Group and in accordance with the 2001 Quebec Declaration [.] made a decision to express, with respect to the invitation of President Nicolas Maduro to the Summit of the Americas in Lima, that his presence will no longer be welcome in said meeting", Aljovin stated.

Maduro also said Argentina's center-right president Mauricio Macri should call a meeting of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur) group of Latin American nations with him.

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Colombia is a member of the Lima Group of 14 American countries which stepped up pressure on Venezuela on Tuesday amid concerns over rule of law and democracy in the country. Desperate residents are increasingly fleeing Venezuela into neighbouring Brazil and Colombia, unsettling the region.

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos talks during a news conference after a meeting with Colombian former President and Senator Alvaro Uribe at Narino Palace in Bogota, Colombia, October 5, 2016. We are fully prepared to receive them.

Last week, Santos tightened border controls and heightened security in frontier towns.

As the number of Venezuelans crossing the border increases, including unattended children who get free vaccinations and education, Colombia estimates it would need $30mn to build an assistance centre to give the migrants a temporary place to stay before deciding their next move. That, combined with hyperinflation in the oil-rich country, has led to the mass exodus.

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