Peru doubts OAS proposal to suspend Venezuela will proceed

By Antonio De la Jara VINA DEL MAR, Chile, March 15 (Reuters) - Peru's foreign minister called a proposal to suspend Venezuela from the Organization Of American States (OAS) "extreme" and said on Wednesday it likely would not have sufficient support of member states. Luis Almagro, secretary general of the OAS, said on Tuesday Venezuela should be suspended if it does not hold general elections as soon as possible. [nL2N1GS03H] Venezuelan authorities last year blocked a referendum sought by the opposition to recall President Nicolas Maduro, and they have also delayed local elections where the ruling Socialists were expected to fare badly amid an economic crisis. "In principle such initiatives have to be taken by member states and the suspension approach is extreme," Peruvian Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna told Reuters on the sidelines of a meeting in the Chilean city of Vina del Mar. "If you add up the numbers there is not a majority, and the vote is by consensus," he said. Luna's comments do not bode well for Almagro's proposal. Under President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Peru has been one of Latin America's...