Colombia-Venezuela Border Dispute

Press Statement
John Kirby
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 29, 2015

The Department of State notes its continuing concern about the situation along the border between Venezuela and Colombia.

The Department supports efforts by Colombia and Venezuela to resolve the dispute diplomatically, and welcomes initiatives to address the situation in appropriate multilateral fora. We stand ready to work with both countries and other regional partners to find a peaceful, humane, and enduring solution.

As we do so, we urge that special attention be paid to the worsening humanitarian situation along the frontier. We respect the importance of secure borders and safe and orderly migration. However, we also believe that deportations should take place in accordance with international law, respecting the human rights of all involved, and in coordination with the receiving country. We also believe that refugees with recognized protection concerns should not be deported.

Finally, we underline the importance of meeting the immediate needs of those deported or displaced. We will continue to work with the Government of Colombia, the international community, and civil society to ensure the well-being of these individuals and families.