Plan Vuelta a la Patria receives International support at the UN-Geneva

At the UN-Geneva the 69th session of the Executive Committee of the Program of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is held.

The Venezuelan Delegation composed by the Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the UN – Geneva, Ambassador Jorge Valero; the president of the National Commission for Refugees of Venezuela (Conare), Juan Carlos Alemán; and the director of International Organizations of the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations of Venezuela, Rander Peña, provided relevant information to all countries that make up this forum on the migration issue in our country.

Condemnation of unilateral coercive measures against Venezuela

The Plurinational State of Bolivia represented by Ambassador Ruddy Flores, on behalf of numerous countries, “condemned any initiative that disturbs the peace and democratic stability of Venezuela and that threatens its sovereignty, such as unilateral coercive measures imposed from abroad”.

In a Joint Declaration signed by Russia, Syria, Yemen, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Sudan, Burundi, Iran, Belarus, among others, a “call was made to all responsible members of the international community to refrain from any manifestation of interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela”. The People’s Republic of China also supported -in a national capacity- the migratory policies promoted by the venezuelan Government.

The bolivian diplomat emphasized that the right to determine the future of the country belongs only to the venezuelan people, based on respect for the Constitution and national legislation.

The signatories of this Declaration encouraged the Bolivarian Government to “continue with its successful efforts to overcome the challenges related to the movement of people abroad and, in this regard, they supported the Plan Vuelta a la Patria, implemented by President Nicolás Maduro”.

Likewise, this group of countries urged UNHCR authorities to provide the support that the venezuelan Government requires to achieve this important objective.

Thesis of humanitarian crisis collapses

The National Commissioner, Juan Carlos Aleman, urged the UNHCR authorities to fight the causes of the migration challenges and to condemn the unilateralist and colonialist positions, which generate -to a large extent- the migratory flows in the world.

The venezuelan spokesman denounced that certain information provided by UNHCR about Venezuela has its origin in governments that have a hostile and interfering agenda against our country.

“Venezuelans are returning to our homeland. Thousands of applications have been received at venezuelan embassies abroad. For that reason, President Nicolás Maduro has launched the Plan Vuelta a la Patria, which has facilitated the voluntary return of thousands of venezuelan citizens”, explained Juan Carlos Alemán.

Venezuela wants cooperation not imposition

The delegate of Venezuela Rander Peña, for his part, pointed out that the countries that mentioned Venezuela had deliberately omitted and invisibilized the determining causes that give rise to the migratory movements.

He stressed that “we want cooperation not imposition or domination. We want solidarity, not interventionism in the internal affairs of our country. We demand respect for our sovereignty and self-determination”.

Xenophobia and racism in the United States and Europe

The ambassador Jorge Valero denounced that it is “alarming” the resurgence of xenophobia, chauvinist nationalism and racism, as components of a reality that has settled and expanded in the United States and Europe.

“The European extreme right, which propitiates these racist concepts, is encouraged by the supremacist government of Donald Trump. The anti-immigrant and anti-Islamic agenda is in the United States and Europe. Unusual is that in the nations where Karl Marx, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, William Shakespeare, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Juan Jacobo Rousseau, Martin Luther King, Franz Kafka, Friederich Schiller and Jean Paul Sartre, among other luminaries of humanism was born, proliferate These anti-humanist prejudices”, said the Bolivarian diplomat.

Ambassador Valero emphasized that Venezuela has been a country that receives migrants and refugees, stressing that “(…) we have never lent ourselves to use the dignity of these people to politicize the situation of other countries”. Instead, they have been beneficiaries of our social policies. Just a week ago, President Nicolás Maduro proceeded to grant naturalization to 8,500 foreigners.

Venezuela scored a new diplomatic victory at the UNHCR meeting as it dismantled the fallacies that are used against the Bolivarian Revolution and highlighted the deeply humanist nature of its migration policies. / Permanent Mission of Venezuela UN-Geneva


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