Maduro calls on Lima Group to "rectify" stance on Venezuela

Thursday, 2019-01-10 10:23:00
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (Source: Vaaju)
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on January 9 called on member countries of the Lima Group to rectify their stance on Venezuela.

Maduro said the Venezuelan government demands a rectification of the countries' positions in 48 hours or "it will take the most urgent and crude diplomatic measures."

The request went out to 13 of the 14 countries belonging to the regional multilateral bloc which called on him to step down.

On January 4, the group issued a declaration urging Maduro to renounce another term as president. He is set to be sworn in on January 10.

The group alleged Maduro's government has violated democratic norms and that his re-election in May was illegitimate.

Mexico refused to sign the declaration, citing its foreign policy of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other countries.

Maduro claimed the group's real intention was to impose a more business-friendly government on Caracas and access the country's oil and mineral wealth.

The Lima Group, comprising mostly Latin American countries, was formed following the Lima Declaration in the Peruvian capital in 2017 with a proclaimed aim to settle Venezuela's domestic crisis.