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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation Attended the International solidarity conference on the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis (Brussels 28-29 October)
29/10/2019

The Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, attended the International solidarity conference on the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis and participated in the High-level Segment of the Meeting that took place yesterday afternoon, 28 October.

The Minister thanked the European External Action Service, UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, for organising this event aimed at raising awareness among the international community on the severity of a crisis of which people are not conscious enough. Approximately four and a half million Venezuelans have left the country, which represents an unprecedented crisis in Latin America and the Caribbean and the second on a global scale, only behind Syria.
 
Minister Borrell expressed his appreciation to host countries in Latin America, the effort and solidarity of which should serve as an example for Europe.

The Minister has expressed his willingness for the Conference to have tangible results and substantive contributions. In this regard, he recalled the announcement he already made in Cúcuta: once the Spanish internal political agenda allows for a new budgetary framework, an additional contribution for 50 million euros shall materialise in the next 3 years.
 
Finally, the Minister stressed that, given the impossibility that international aid alone can fully mitigate the consequences of a crisis of this magnitude, it is necessary to put in place a procedure to use the resources of the Venezuelan State to meet the urgent needs of the population. Among the measures that could be considered, the Minister referred to the use of resources that are currently blocked or the implementation of an oil-for-food programme.

 

 


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