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Joint Communiqué by the Presidents of Argentina and Colombia on situation in Venezuela

Monday, 10 June 2019
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In the context of the official visit to Argentina by the President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez, both Presidents expressed their concern over the political, humanitarian, economic and social crisis affecting Venezuela as a result of Nicolás Maduro's illegitimate regime, which poses a threat to regional and international peace and security.

Colombia has received more than a million Venezuelan migrants who escaped from the crisis caused by Nicolás Maduro's regime, thus becoming the main host country.

Therefore, both Presidents:

Reaffirmed their full support for the President of the National Assembly and Interim President, Juan Guaidó, and for the actions undertaken by the Venezuelan people under his leadership, advocating for the peaceful restoration of the rule of law, respect for human rights and constitutional order in Venezuela.

Reiterated their full support for the Venezuelan National Assembly as the only legitimate institution of the country; demanded respect for the constitutional powers and immunities of congressmen, and condemned the regime's systematic persecution of members of the National Assembly.

Appreciated the leadership of the Lima Group in the search for a solution to the current crisis, which must be reached through democratic channels and led by Venezuelans themselves. Argentina and Colombia will continue working within the context of the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations (UN) and other relevant organizations, and will continue providing information to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on crimes against humanity perpetrated in Venezuela since 12 February 2014.

Both presidents underscored the active participation of their countries in the Quito Process, and the President of Colombia highlighted Argentina's willingness to host the 4th Meeting on Human Mobility of Venezuelan Citizens in the Region in July. In addition, they highlighted the need to move forward with the achievement of the objectives of the Declaration and the Action Plan aimed at promoting cooperation mechanisms and harmonizing policies designed at a national level to deal with the crisis caused by the migration of Venezuelan citizens, as well as promoting migratory flexibility. In this regard, they called on the international community to increase, through the United Nations System, the level of technical and financial cooperation with host countries working to mitigate the consequences of the mass exodus of Venezuelans.

During their meeting, they reaffirmed that their governments will continue working with the International Community towards the end of usurpation, the establishment of a transition Government and the holding of free and transparent elections, with international observers.


For the Republic of Colombia

Iván Duque Márquez



For the Republic of Argentina

Mauricio Macri