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20 June 2017, 09:53 | Terri Saunders
Ministers from the Organization of American States huddled Monday on the crisis in Venezuela, a meeting that infuriated Caracas but which the regional group's chief insisted was not an "intervention".
On the opposite side are the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Panama, which want to create a "contact group" on Venezuela - a sort of task force of countries that would seek to make Maduro's government respect the OAS's democratic norms.
"Not only do we not recognize this meeting, we do not recognize any resolution coming out of it", Rodriguez said.
Accompanied by Mexico's Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray, Almagro said that "the defense of democracy is an global principle and not interference".
This is not the first time the OAS failed to pass a resolution on the violence in Venezuela.
Amid the clashes on Caracas's main highway, 17-year-old Fabian Urbina was killed by a bullet wound to the chest, local authorities said without providing more details.
Ministers from the 34-nation Organization of American States (OAS) met in Cancun in bid to hash out a joint statement on the political and economic crisis rocking Venezuela.
Euronews reporter Alberto d'Filippis who is in the Venezuelan capital said he witnessed national guard officers attacking journalists. he also added that protesters accuse the government of trying to silence the media and thus prevent the world from seeing what is happening in today's Venezuela.
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The OAS' three-day gathering begins Monday in the Caribbean city of Cancun.
A small knot of protesters also gathered in the rain on a highway outside the Mexican resort complex where the talks were being held, holding signs saying "No more deaths" and "no more hunger".
Almagro also called on Venezuela to accept global humanitarian aid, to schedule presidential elections and to preserve the independence of the judiciary.
Venezuela has struggled with an imploding economy, rampaging inflation and chronic shortages of food and basic consumer goods.
Further dampening expectations of a breakthrough, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson chose to skip the gathering.
The other initiative, proposed by St. Vincent and the Grenadines and less critical of the Venezuelan government, received only eight votes in favor, but 14 against, 11 abstentions and one absence. The president has accused his political opponents backed by the US of waging an "economic war" to destabilize his rule.
Her husband German Ferrer, a lawmaker for the ruling socialist party, said the family in recent days has received menacing phone calls and is sometimes photographed by unknown onlookers when in public.
"We hope that we will be able to overcome some of those differences and approve action.to express some concerns about the situation in Venezuela, which is deteriorating", Kevin Sullivan, US interim representative to the OAS said on a conference call. "On the contrary, it simply gives her more strength to continue down the path of legality that she has chosen".
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