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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (May 1/20). This Thursday, April 30, a virtual meeting was held between the General Directorate of Consular Affairs, Immigration and Chileans Abroad of the Chilean Foreign Ministry and the Directorate of Migratory, Consular Affairs and Citizen Services of the Colombian Foreign Ministry, focal points for both countries of the so-called Quito Process, a regional initiative that seeks to promote consensus and coordinate (as far as possible) actions that facilitate the States of the region to better manage the Venezuelan migration crisis and guarantee migrants from that country, humanitarian treatment and adequate to the situation they face.

As the venue for the previous meeting of the Process, which took place in Bogotá on November 14 and 15, 2019, Colombia currently holds the Pro Tempore Presidency of this mechanism and is in the process of handing it over to Chile, the country that will host the sixth meeting on a date to be defined according to how the health situation evolves internationally due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Precisely this topic was the subject of discussion among the participants of the videoconference, taking into account that the current emergency represents an additional challenge for the management of the Venezuelan migratory phenomenon, for which it is necessary to adapt the Process’s agenda to this new situation.

The foregoing without losing sight of the objectives worked out in the previous rounds, as well as the progress made in the areas of work in the field of migrant children, socioeconomic inclusion of migrants, prevention of human trafficking and migrant smuggling, documentation among other issues that are part of the Quito Process agenda.

The technical level meeting was accompanied by the Regional Director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Regional Coordinator for the situation in Venezuela of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with their teams. of work. These international agencies have been accompanying the Process since its inception and will compose the technical secretariat -initiative proposed at the Bogotá meeting- of it, supporting the work of the country in charge of the Pro Tempore Presidency to appropriately follow up on the commitments and progress of the Process. Quito.

The meeting agreed on the steps to be followed in the face of the formal handover of the Pro Tempore Presidency and for the preparation of what will be the sixth meeting of the Quito Process by the Government of Chile.

Colombia reiterates its support for all initiatives aimed at promoting cooperation and coordination mechanisms that allow for a comprehensive management of the migration phenomenon, articulating actions and promoting the harmonization of measures among the States that guarantee safe, orderly and regular migration.

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