The Executive Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, and the Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, held a meeting on Friday with the new representative of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) ), Matthew Crentsil, during which the negative international matrix on Venezuelan migrants was proven.
Speaking to the press at the end of the meeting – which was also attended by the coordinator of the United Nations system in Caracas, Peter Grohmann, and the Deputy Minister for Multilateral Issues, Felix Plasencia – the Venezuelan Vice President denounced a “perverse” plan orchestrated from the United States to attack the South American country and justify an intervention.
She emphasized, in this context, that the Bolivarian Republic continues to occupy the second place in South America in terms of reception of migrants and at the same time constitutes the second country with the lowest flow of migrants in the region, according to the numbers from the International Organization for Migration.
“Colombia leads by far the number of internally displaced persons in the world (…) and is the country with the largest number of migrants in South America,” said the official, referring to the more than five million Colombians living in Venezuela.
After contrasting the migratory flow between Caracas and Bogotá, Vice President Rodríguez also denounced the construction of an international matrix that seeks to justify the intervention of Venezuela, under the pretext of “humanitarian crisis”.
“What there is against Venezuela is a great operation that responds to the policy of the Pentagon of the United States of America (…) There is no such situation of humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and we will not tire of saying and denouncing it. Venezuelans are in charge of Venezuela” she added, dismissing the international campaign on Venezuelan migrants.
Consequences of the coercive measures imposed by Washington
In her statements to the media, the Vice President of Venezuela also cited the consequences of the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States Government against the oil country.
“They promote hyperinflation and shortages to affect our people through economic war,” he specified.
In this regard, she stressed that this issue should be addressed by both, the Secretary General of the United Nations and the multilateral system of the UN.
The Venezuelan side also denounced in the meeting the harassment to which Venezuelan migrants have been subjected in countries of the region, whose numbers she urged to sincere, in addition to the pressures to declare themselves as refugees before the UNHCR.
The government of the Federative Republic of Brazil admitted that due to the economic blockade by the United States and the European Union against Venezuela, they have not been able to pay 40 million dollars in concept of foreign debt to the National Electric Corporation (Corpoelec, by its initials in Spanish), a Venezuelan state-owned company that supplies energy to the border state of Roraima.
A total of 32 embassies and consulates have received passports of Venezuelan citizens residing abroad; such documents were sent through 93 diplomatic pouches jointly by the Identification and Immigration Administrative Service (SAIME, for its Spanish acronym) and the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations (MPPRE, for its Spanish acronym), entities that work to ensure and strengthen the identification processes of citizens residing abroad.