Peru’s Foreign Relations Ministry has called for Venezuelan authorities and opposition politicians to hold talks in order to address a political crisis in the South American country that has turned deadly in recent days.
In a statement, the ministry said it was “concerned about the acts of violence” in Venezuela last week.
The ministry said that Peru’s government sends its condolences to the victims, the Venezuelan people and the government, and encourages the “reestablishment of social peace in the entire country, within a framework of legitimacy and tolerance.”
“Peru makes a fraternal call for honest and transparent dialogue between the different Venezuelan political groups, within a framework of respect for democratic principles and freedoms, which are indispensable for stability, development and peace to which people have a right,” the ministry said.
Three people were killed in Venezuela last week when anti-government protesters were confronted by gun-carrying government supporters. Many of the protesters have been university students.
The political crisis in Venezuela comes as that country is facing economic difficulties that have led to a shortage of basic goods and access to services. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the handpicked successor of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has banned protests.
Opposition politicians in Peru have criticized President Ollanta Humala’s administration for not coming out harder against the crackdown on protests by Venezuela’s government. President Humala is currently on an official government trip in the Middle East.