By: The Pares Editorial Team
Translated by: Rebecca Oswalt.
From the article NUEVA CONVERGENCIA CIUDADANA COLOMBIA-VENEZUELA
FOR A PEACEFUL RESOLUTION IN VENEZUELA AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF BILATERAL RELATIONS
The Colombia-Venezuela Civil Society Convergence is a diverse collection of social and political actors committed to a peaceful, political exit from the crisis in Venezuela. This diplomatic effort seeks to create bilateral, regional dialogues to accomplish this goal and to build bridges between the two countries.
This citizen diplomacy effort is also committed to encouraging countries in the region to support legitimate negotiations between Venezuelans. Only then will it be possible to avoid forced departures from Venezuela and undue interference in the country’s affairs that further aggravate the crisis. Such an effort will also reestablish bilateral and multilateral mechanisms of understanding and cooperation, allowing the countries to address their mutual challenges and opportunities in their shared border areas.
The situation in Venezuela and the status of the Colombian-Venezuelan relationship are becoming increasingly worrisome. The humanitarian emergency, social problems, and security issues combined with the acute economic and institutional deterioration not only impact the Venezuela internally, but it also has external impacts, particularly in Colombia. In turn, t