The Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, thanked the United States, the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, the European Union and the representatives of countries and international organizations for their participation and tangible demonstration of support for the situation of Venezuelan migrants, but clarified that this crisis will only be resolved with the demise of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
“We support the message given by all governments and the Secretary General of the OAS. We are convinced that only with the departure of Nicolás Maduro will the crisis of Venezuelan migrants be stopped and they will be able to return home.”
Ambassador Vecchio repudiated the statements made by the regime’s foreign representative, Jorge Arreaza, against the Donors’ Conference. “You not only force Venezuelans to leave their country, but you condemn other countries helping these migrants. Those who return to Venezuela are abused and labelled as ‘biological weapons’. Can one be more miserable? They not only generate the crisis but also block the solutions.
Vecchio reiterated that U.S. support has been key to humanitarian assistance for the more than 5 million Venezuelans who have migrated throughout the region.
“We are grateful to the U.S. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, Carol Thompson O’Conell, and USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Amy Tohill-Stull, for their participation in the International Donor Conference. The United States has been a fundamental ally, in terms of contributions and actions, to address the terrible migrant crisis generated by Maduro’s dictatorship,” Vecchio said.
He added that “all the aid provided by the United States has been channeled directly to the countries receiving Venezuelan migration, the second most serious after Syria. Also to NGOs and Foundations with activities within Venezuela despite the persecution and obstacles set by the regime. Within the Framework for Democratic Transition, the United States has supported President Guaidó’s proposal for a National Emergency Government as a solution to the crisis”.
For the Interim Government, joint and unified action by the entire international community is necessary, both to attend to migrants and to put an end to the crisis in Venezuela. “This will only happen with the demise of the dictatorship and the re-establishment of freedom and democracy, for this we need all the pressure from the democratic countries on Maduro’s criminal regime”, Vecchio said.
Interim President Juan Guaidó described the day as “an important day for the Venezuelan diaspora” and expressed his gratitude to all donor countries for their support to Venezuelan migrants.
Guaidó said that “this donation will go directly to the countries receiving Venezuelan migration and will be administered by the governments of those countries, in addition to multilateral organizations. We continue to fight so that our people return and do so with adecuate opportunities.”