Politics 27-11-2018

Chancellor: Colombia will seek to strengthen institutionality in the region after leaving Unasur

Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels that his country will seek to strengthen the institutional framework in the region in a different scenario from Unasur, a block from which retired last August.

"Colombia withdrew from Unasur, we had announced it in the course of the campaign that led to the election of the current president of Colombia (Iván Duque), despite which my country is willing to reflect on the strengthening of institutions in the hemisphere in a scenario different from Unasur, "Trujillo said, according to the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In this regard, the official stressed that Colombia is part, along with thirteen other countries, of the Lima Group, through which it will continue "coordinating actions with respect to Venezuela."

Trujillo assured that in this way Colombia will be able to "act in accordance with the mechanisms established in the OAS Charter and in the Inter-American Democratic Charter whenever there is an alteration of the institutional order in any of the member countries of the OAS or the undersigned. the Inter-American Democratic Charter ".

According to the Colombian chancellor, "all this will have the purpose of contributing through political and diplomatic actions to create conditions" so that Venezuela "can live again in democracy and freedom".

The Lima Group arose from the need of some countries to have a scenario at the level of foreign ministers to do permanent follow-up, contribute to a negotiated solution and carry out joint actions in international scenarios and regional mechanisms that generate resonance and allow denouncing the political situation and economic in Venezuela.

To date, eight meetings have been held, in which six declarations have been adopted at the ministerial level and a declaration at the presidential level with the aim of promoting a "democratic restoration" in Venezuela, which is governed by President Nicolás Maduro.

During his speech, Trujillo also referred to the migration of Venezuelans, of which he pointed out that although it is a regional phenomenon, it requires a global treatment due to its proportions.

"At this moment, according to the records we have, there are 1,035,000 Venezuelan brothers in Colombia," said Trujillo, who added that 40,000 Venezuelans enter the country each day while another 35,000 leave to return to their country or emigrate to other nations. the region, mainly Ecuador and Peru, but also Chile and Argentina.

"We are talking about 700,000 people who have passed through Colombia in transit to other countries," he said.

Finally, he said that in order to seek the "harmonization of actions" aimed at better managing the migration of Venezuelans, Colombia is accompanying the Quito process in order to consolidate the meeting of different countries in the region.


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