Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie speaks during a meeting of the Lima Group regional bloc in Buenos Aires [Reuters]

A group consisting of a dozen Latin American countries and Canada has said Venezuela‘s political turmoil is threatening regional peace and global security, and urged the international community to make a “huge effort to re-establish” democracy in the South American country.

The Lima Group on Tuesday began its 15th meeting in Argentina’s capital with a message of support for opposition leader Juan Guaido and a request for democratic elections in Venezuela – a call rejected by President Nicolas Maduro.

“We have to make a great effort to ensure that the restoration of the democratic order in Venezuela is achieved through the call for elections,” Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie

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