The Ambassador in Colombia, Tomás Guanipa, asked Colombian President Iván Duque to formally request from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) a humanitarian airlift between Bogotá and Caracas so that more than 200 Venezuelans can return to their country.
“We make available the registry of each case to the Colombian authorities in order to speed up the whole process from the migration point of view. We are convinced of the solidarity and goodwill of the Colombian government to make this request a reality,” the ambassador said through his personal Twitter account on Monday.
Guanipa recalled that the embassy and the legitimate government of Juan Guaidó are concerned about the situation of hundreds of Colombians due to the unilateral suspension of air traffic between Venezuela and the Republic of Colombia by Nicolás Maduro’s regime because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This unilateral measure of Maduro’s regime has resulted in our Venezuelan brothers being left in an uncertain situation within Colombian territory, bringing serious consequences even for their subsistence within Colombia,” explained the ambassador.
The communiqué published by Guanipa explains that its fellow countrymen stranded in Colombia are under an uncertain situation that endangers their subsistence in the neighboring country and that, in addition, the Venezuelan State is duty-bound to admit its citizens.
Queremos expresar nuestra preocupación por la situación que hoy presentan nuestros connacionales que por razón de las medidas de suspensión unilateral por parte del régimen de Nicolás Maduro del tráfico aéreo entre Venezuela y la Republica de Colombia pic.twitter.com/Ek7KUiVuci
— Tomás Guanipa (@TomasGuanipa) March 23, 2020