Peru’s President Presses for Solution to Venezuelan Crisis

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski

Several Latin American leaders have begun to exert pressure Venezuelan despot Nicolas Maduro as his country spirals downward into chaos and destitution.

Maduro — backed by King Raul of Castrogonia — refuses to back away from his disastrous Castro-style policies and turns a deaf ear to all offers of assistance and all appeals to reason.

Abandoning his status as a Castro puppet seems unthinkable to Maduro.  Instead of backing away from his colonial masters, he hangs on ever more tightly to them, and to the other cretins who attended his Despot Summit last week.

Among those calling for change in Venenozuela, one who seems to be attracting the most attention for now is Peru’s president.

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From Bloomberg:

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski called on South American peers to both help and pressure his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, who faces a simmering political standoff with the opposition and widespread shortages of food and medicine.

“The prescription is simple but hard to implement,” Kuczynski said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “Help them out. There are no medicines in Venezuela. People are starving. We can do a club of countries — Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Peru. We have pharmaceutical industries. We have food. We can help out. Now, Maduro doesn’t want that, because he says everything is perfect in Venezuela. But that’s not true. Everybody knows that.”

The comments from Kuczynski, a 77-year-old Wall Street veteran and former finance minister, followed harsh rebukes in recent weeks from Argentina, Brazil and Chile. Maduro, who has jailed political opponents and opposition activists as they seek to hold a recall referendum on his rule, has come under increasing international pressure over the past year. He also faced an underwhelming turnout last week at a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement hosted on Margarita Island that only drew a small group of leaders, including Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Iran’s Hassan Rouhani.

 Kuczynski is on his first official visit to the U.S., where he will speak before the United Nations General Assembly and meet with fellow Latin American leaders. Triple-digit inflation and a third year of recession have sunk Maduro’s approval rating to near 20 percent, fueling the opposition’s drive to trigger a referendum despite the president’s refusal.
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