The Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, accused the Colombian president, Iván Duque, of having “stolen” the resources that different organizations and governments have provided funds for the care of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia and other countries in the Latin American region.
“They have approved resources in the International Organization for Migration (IOM), in UNHCR, and they have been stolen in Colombia, Iván Duque has stolen themThey have been stolen by the (Venezuelan) opponents, “Maduro said during a work act broadcast on public television VTV.
Return of Venezuelans
“All the money has been stolen to support the Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, in Ecuador, in Peru, in Chile and beyond, “he added, although without showing proof of the serious accusations.
Maduro made these accusations by remarking that the call Return to the Patri Plana, which organizes the return of thousands of migrants to Venezuela, has not had the support of the IOM and UNHCR, despite their direct requests.
“We have had to remove money from Venezuela to pay the attention, the passage, the return and the support to thousands of Venezuelans that we have brought in (the state airline) Conviasa, on a free flight. Only Venezuela does it, we have spent millions of euros, it is lost from sight, “he said about this plan.
Ask the UN for answers
The president also ordered his Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, to ask the general secretary of the United Nations Organization (UN), António Guterres, “where is the money that they have approved to help Venezuelan migrants, who stole it (and) in what bank accounts are they”.
According to United Nations data, some 5.1 million Venezuelans have fled in the last years of the severe political and economic crisis that affects the South American country, mainly countries in the region.
David Smolansky, commissioner for migrants of the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, said last September that Colombia is the country that has received the most Venezuelans and that they count around 1,750,000.
According to Smolansky data, Colombia is followed by Peru (900,000), Chile (445,000), Ecuador (417,000), Brazil (260,000) and Argentina (150,000) as the countries with the highest Venezuelan migration reception.