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Ambassadors describe the situation at the border as a ‘human drama’

Cúcuta, September 2, 2015 (SIG).

Members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Colombia travelled this Wednesday to Cúcuta, where they had a first-hand look at the humanitarian crisis being faced in that border zone.

“I can say that it is not a political problem; for me, it is a human drama”, said Engin Yürür, the Turkish ambassador, after his visit to the shelters where the Colombians deported from Venezuela are being assisted.

The 17 ambassadors who visited the shelters were moved by the situation and stated than whenever there is a problem in the world everybody should show interest and support a pacific and effective solution.

“The purpose is to find a pacific, long-lasting and diplomatic solution”, the United States Ambassador, Kevin Michael Whitaker, said to media reporters.

The diplomats commended the way in which the Colombian government has handled this difficult situation.

“What I have noticed is that the Government of Colombia has provided a very strong support. I do not want to minimize the situation it is facing, but the Government of Colombia has responded conclusively”, ambassador Whitaker pointed out.

At the Extraordinary Cabinet Council meeting

The following diplomats attended the Extraordinary Cabinet Council meeting convened by President Juan Manuel Santos:

Ambassadors of: Ecuador, César Vallejo; Russian Federation, Pável Sérgiev; Popular Republic of China, Wang Xiiaoyuan; Costa Rica, Milena Villanueva; Argentina, Celso Jaque; Uruguay, Duncan Boris; Germany, Günter Kniess; Turkey, Egin Yürür; Paraguay, Ricardo Scavone; Honduras, Francisco Ramón; Brazil, María Elisa Berenguer; United Arab Emirates, Mohamed Alqattam; Mexico, Arnulfo Valdivia; United States of America, Kevin Whitaker; Chile, Ricardo Navarrete; Guatemala, Héctor Espinosa; and Korea, Myung Soo Jang.

The guests also included the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Jamaica, Elaine Townsend, and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Canada, Douglas Chalborne.