The presidential commissioner for Foreign Relations, Julio Borges, sent an official note to the Government of Colombia expressing the gratitude of the Legitimate Government of Venezuela after the approval of the Temporary Protection Statute in favor of Venezuelan migrants.
“This measure will have multiple benefits for more than 1,700,000 Venezuelans living in Colombia,” Borges said in a message posted on his official networks.
The head of the Legitimate Government diplomacy affirmed that “this is an act of humanity that reinforces the historical ties between both nations.”
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Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia
May you receive a cordial greeting on behalf of the Venezuelan people, the Legitimate National Assembly and the Interim Government. We want to express our deep appreciation for the decision of the government of President Iván Duque to approve a Temporary Protection Statute for Migrants, in order to regularize the migratory status of those who have fled Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
We know that this measure will have multiple benefits for the Venezuelans who are in the brother country and also for the Colombian people, because the best way to fight mafias that traffic in human needs is through integration and protection. Furthermore, we believe that this is the greatest gesture of humanity of Colombia with Venezuela, it is an act that reinforces the historical ties of brotherhood between two nations that have not only a common past, but a present and a future that are tied. As we have reiterated, the peace of Colombia inevitably depends on the restoration of democracy in Venezuela, and the recovery of Venezuela is subject to the stability of Colombia.
Your government today with this decision decides to regularize 1,700,000 who have escaped repression and hunger that a corrupt and dictatorial regime has generated. It is a protection against the future that Maduro denies them, the dictatorship prefers to protect narco-terrorist groups that threaten the stability of the region such as the former FARC or the ELN, than to provide protection to its own fellow citizens. We hope that the entire region will follow the example of Colombia, and measures are taken to allow safe migration. The solution does not go through more restrictive measures that end up making the situation of Venezuelans more complex.The solution is to integrate migrants, at the same time that pressure is placed on Maduro’s regime to force a political change in the country, which allows those millions of compatriots return to our homeland.