Within the framework of the complex humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is suffering and that has been insistently exposed by the legitimate government of President (E) Juan Guaidó, the European Union and the United Nations, through High Commissioner Federica Mogherini, the High Commissioner for refugees at the UN, Filippo Grandi and the Director General of IOM, Antonio Vitorino, with the presence of important representations of the International Community, held in Brussels yesterday Wednesday 29th and part of today, the International Solidarity Conference for Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees, sensitized to the drama and despair of Venezuelan migrants, and the consequent regional destabilization caused by the Complex Venezuelan Humanitarian Crisis.
The High Representative for Foreign Relations of the European Union, Federica Mogherini, commented:
“Latin America and the Caribbean are likely to face the greatest displacement of people in modern history (…) We must ensure that everyone mobilizes when a continent needs it” (…)
“This is the first time that the international community has gathered outside the Americas to mobilize solidarity with Venezuelans … It will not be the last.” Added the High Representative of the European Union.
According to some figures provided by the OAS Special Coordinator for Venezuelan refugees, David Smolansky, the humanitarian crisis is of such magnitude that it has overwhelmed the assistance capacity of the recipient countries. According to other figures provided by Coordinator Smolansky, more than 1.1 million Venezuelan refugee children need attention.
61% of pregnant Venezuelan migrants have high-risk pregnancy.
20% of pregnant refugees are minors.
70% of women who give birth in Cúcuta and Boavista are Venezuelan.
The conference agreed to increase financial support to countries in the region that receive Venezuelan refugees and migrants, announcing upcoming meetings and donations of 120 million euros to support and assist Venezuelan refugees and which will be administered directly by the European Union and the United Nations.
About; the Ambassador of Venezuela in France and Vice Chancellor, Isadora Zubillaga commented:
“Unfortunately we will see more Venezuelans become refugees despite the commitments of our allies, and we will see greater regional and international instability if Venezuela continues under Maduro’s illegitimate regime.”
“The consequences of a prolonged crisis will continue until the international response focuses on addressing not only the symptoms, but also the disease: Maduro’s dictatorship” (…) “That is why the International Solidarity Conference for Migrants and Refugees Venezuelans should be seen as an important opportunity to achieve a radical change in the international response to the crisis. Only through concrete steps can we put an end to this emergency and its impact on global security ”(…)“ In this context there will be an intensification of the interim government’s efforts to achieve a true political transition in Venezuela after the bilateral and meetings that we held in the General Assembly of the United Nations in September and in the European Union this week ”.
”This effort includes a series of measures that range from:
– Cooperation in the collection of evidence for specific and effective sanctions,
– Pressure in the international justice system,
– Cooperation for stabilization and transition, with the ultimate goal of achieving free and transparent elections.”
“These actions will allow us to travel the route for a free and democratic Venezuela.”
“We continue to work hard hand in hand with the international community and we will be able to build a country of progress and freedom”, Zubillaga concluded.