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Gideon Long, Andean correspondent

Latin America’s leading nations are growing increasingly impatient with the region’s inability to find any solution to the crisis in Venezuela, or even to come up with a strongly-worded condemnation of what is happening in Caracas.

A meeting of leaders from across the Americas on Monday left the Mexicans, Brazilians, Argentines and others exasperated. They had hoped that the Organization of American States (OAS), which groups 35 nations from both north and south, would agree a resolution criticising Nicolás Maduro’s plans to set up an assembly to rewrite the constitution and cement his grip on power.

Protests against Mr Maduro’s government, now in their 12th week, have left 70 people dead.