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Diplomatic corps accredited in Colombia visited the Colombians affected by the border closing with Venezuela

• The ambassadors visited the shelters set up in Cúcuta and Villa del Rosario (Norte de Santander), where about 340 people are being assisted. They spoke with deportees and witnessed the aid efforts adopted by the National Government.

Cúcuta, September 2, 2015 (SIG).

Accompanied by the Deputy Foreign Minister, Patti Londoño, and the Assistant Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Francisco Javier Echeverri, a group of 18 ambassadors in Colombia visited the Colombian citizens affected by the border closing with Venezuela.

The ambassadors visited the shelter located at the Francisco de Paula Santander University in Cúcuta, and the La Parada shelter in the municipality of Villa del Rosario (the two shelters serve around 340 people).

They had the chance to speak with some of the deportees and get a first-hand look at the actions adopted by the National Government to assist the people who have been affected by this situation.

Afterwards, they travelled to the Simón Bolívar International Bridge and spoke with Venezuelan citizens who were awaiting in line in order to enter their country.

Finally, they visited the Unified Command Post (PMU), where the Director of the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, Carlos Iván Márquez, presented a balance of the efforts implemented to date.

This visit included the ambassadors of Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Jamaica, Korea, Uruguay, Honduras, Guatemala, China, Mexico, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Ecuador, Argentina, Germany, Russia, Brazil and the United States in Colombia. A representative of the Canadian Embassy in Colombia and another one from the Peace Process Support Mission of the OAS (MAPP-OEA) were also present in this visit.