Member State Delegation Visits Colombia – Venezuela Border to Assess Crisis

On November 19-20, 2018, seventeen OAS member states participated in a field visit to assess the humanitarian crisis along the Colombia - Venezuela border. The visit was organized by the Colombian government.

On November 19-20, 2018, seventeen OAS member states sent representatives to participate in a field visit to two sites along the Colombia – Venezuela border: Maicao, in the Rioacha province, and Cucuta in the Norte de Santander province. The OAS Working Group on Venezuela migration also participated with representation from three experts on the situation. The purpose of the visit was to raise member state awareness of the extent of the humanitarian crisis, in anticipation of continued action in the Inter-American system regarding Venezuela and address the root causes of the crisis under the Maduro regime. The government of Colombia provided logistical and security support, enabling an effective assessment of the complex situation. The OAS Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) is scheduled to meet November 26 to discuss food security and migration impacts, and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will convene a health ministerial meeting on Venezuela November 29. The visit included representation from the governments of Argentina, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haití, Honduras, Jamaica, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Saint Lucia, Uruguay and the United States represented by Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, The visit was sponsored by the Colombian government..