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  • President Martin Vizcarra in Caramarca at a news conference says Peru does not support any military intervention in Venezuela. Feb. 5, 2019

    President Martin Vizcarra in Caramarca at a news conference says Peru does not support any military intervention in Venezuela. Feb. 5, 2019 | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 February 2019

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said 'Venezuela's problems must be solved by Venezuelans themselves' and rejected any military intervention in the country.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra told the press on Monday that his government is against any military intervention in Venezuela since it’s up to its citizens to resolve the political situation in Venezuela.  

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While Vizcarra said he does not support the current Venezuelan administration he stressed: "We believe that Venezuela's problems must be solved by Venezuelans themselves. … We are against any military intervention inside Venezuela."

Juan Guaido, an unknown opposition lawmaker declared himself "interim president" of Venezuela on Jan. 23 in violation of the country’s constitution and Supreme Court.

"We hope that an exit is found in a short time and this sister republic can be on its way to democracy, which is what we all want," said the head of state on Feb. 5 during a press conference from Cajamarca.

The president added that Peru’s Foreign Ministry will continue to dialogue with the Venezuelan government and its President Nicolas Maduro.

Peru is a founding member of the Lima Group bloc meant to pressure Maduro out of office. It was formed while the now-impeached president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was in office.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the U.N. is endorsing the regional meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay on Thursday that aims to promote a peaceful solution to the situation in Venezuela. The U.N. leader offered last week to mediate the meeting that will involve eight EU member states along with Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Uruguay.


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