Seven Latam nations suggest Maduro behind unrest in Ecuador, back Moreno

LIMA (Reuters) - Seven Latin American countries reject any attempt by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to destabilize democracies in the region and back Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno as he tries to calm unrest, Peru’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, speaking on behalf of the group.

A statement from the Peru’s foreign ministry said that it as well as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Paraguay all expressed their “firm backing for actions taken by President Lenin Moreno” and “reject any action aimed at destabilizing our democracies by the regime of Nicolas Maduro.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Ecuador’s government sought foreign mediation via the United Nations or the Catholic Church, after almost a week of anti-austerity protests that have forced the government to move from the capital and sparked hundreds of arrests.

Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Sandra Maler