Saint Lucia’s Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the United States and Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Anton E. Edmunds, visited the border between Venezuela and Colombia last month as part of an OAS delegation.
According to the Embassy of Saint Lucia to the United States, representatives from seventeen OAS member states took part in the November 18 to 21 visit.
“The purpose of the visit was to view firsthand, and to hear from relevant authorities, the impact of over a million people migrating from Venezuela to and through Colombia. The evolving situation is viewed as the Western Hemisphere’s worst humanitarian crises in decades,” an embassy release stated.
It observed that it has been noted that the outward migration of Venezuelans to Colombia, neighboring countries and the wider region, including the Caribbean, has had significant economic and security repercussions.
Colombia shares a 1,400-mile border with Venezuela.
Earlier this year the Saint Lucia government, while asserting that Venezuela is still this country’s friend, announced visa requirements for Venezuelan nationals.
The Allen Chastanet-led administration said visa requirements would be imposed on Venezuelans, with the exception of diplomats and genuine business persons.
According to the government here, the move was “precipitated by mounting national security concerns and the monitoring of unrelenting activities impacting the island’s porous borders”.