Mexico seeks OAS resolution to end violence in Venezuela

Mexico said on Friday that it will push for the Organization of American States (OAS) at an upcoming meeting to call for an end to violence in Venezuela and for a peaceful resolution to a recent wave of protests that has left over 60 people dead.

"The OAS resolution on Venezuela should indicate our concern about the cancellation of elections, lack of respect for the National Assembly, the existence of political prisoners, the use of military courts to try civilians," Mexico's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. 

The statement also said it "will work to generate a resolution that will achieve enough votes, at least 24 votes in favor of the 34 member states," when the OAS holds its general assembly on June 19-21 in Mexico's Caribbean resort city of Cancun. 

The Foreign Ministry said the resolution should call "for an end to violence and for the parties to solve the conflict via dialogue." 

Mexico's top diplomat Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday that Venezuela is no longer a functioning democracy, which prompted Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez to say via Twitter a day later that she rejected his "vile and immoral declarations." In response to Rodríguez's comments, Mexico said it would not respond to derogatory comments or change its position on the situation in Venezuela.

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