US: Venezuela A Global Crisis Requiring A Global Solution

first_imgBy Luis Alberto Facal / Voice of America / edited by Diálogo Staff December 11, 2019 The crisis in Venezuela is urgent and must be given a sense of urgency, said Carol Thompson O’Connell, principal deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, on October 31.“When almost 5 million people have been forcibly displaced and have had to flee their country to find the basic necessities of life, shelters, food, water, security, there is nothing that can describe it, but urgency to face the political situation in Venezuela,” Thompson O’Connell said.The official spoke at a telephonic press briefing about the results of the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis, held in Brussels October 28-29.“Countries in the region have been dealing with this crisis for months, and at times for years. They have done a phenomenal job in helping Venezuelan refugees and migrants. But the rest of the world must understand the magnitude of this crisis and must understand that this is not just a regional crisis. It’s a crisis that affects the countries of the rest of the world and should be treated as such,” said Thompson O’Connell.The State Department official said the United States is proud to lead worldwide efforts to provide humanitarian assistance. During  fiscal year 2019, the U.S. government contributed nearly $9.3 billion to support humanitarian crises, she said.“When I was in Brussels, I announced an additional $10 billion in economic and development assistance that will provide treatment for HIV, critical vaccinations, and support for activities to counter human trafficking,” Thompson O’Connell added.The aid comes in addition to the nearly $119 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuela U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in late September.The U.S. government’s total response to the crisis involves more than $650 million, of which almost $473 million goes to humanitarian assistance to save the lives of people affected and to promote stability in Venezuela and the region, the U.S. official said.The United States has been the largest financial contributor to the Venezuelan crisis.“Almost 4.5 million Venezuelans have escaped from Venezuela due to the actions of the Maduro regime,” she said.The United States has said it is working with international and nongovernmental partners to complement the efforts of governments that receive Venezuelan refugees.“Our system also increases the original capacity of the asylum authority and provides legal support to Venezuelans seeking asylum. The program also helps Venezuelans to integrate into the communities that host them by finding them employment and access to education and health care,” said Thompson O’Connell.She stressed that during her recent visit to Colombia, she was able to see her assistants in action, caring for Venezuelan refugees who had arrived in the country. “I met with children in Colombia who have been able to go to school and receive an education, because access to education provides hope, and it helps children find stability and normalcy in very difficult situations.”She also thanked European partners for their response to the crisis, and urged them to increase their support for the Venezuelan people, in response to the “tyranny of the Maduro regime.”“This is a global crisis that requires a global solution,” she added.The Brussels conference, she said, “demonstrates that Europeans are focused on this problem and are willing to consider new ways to try to solve the crisis Maduro caused.”last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, January 29

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Real Madrid are ready to be patient in their pursuit of David de Gea and plan to sign the Manchester United goalkeeper for nothing when his contract expires in 2016. (Daily Telegraph)But United are ready to make De Gea the best-paid goalkeeper in the Premier League to ensure he stays at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell could be handed a chance to revive his career by Hull’s Steve Bruce. Boss Bruce is planning to land the troubled 20-year-old on loan for the rest of the season. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool are weighing up a £29m bid for Porto wonderkid Ruben Neves. The 17-year-old has already broken into the first team at the Lisbon club and been compared to Barcelona star Sergio Busquets. (Daily Express)Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is also plotting a DOUBLE raid on Bundesliga side Hannover. The Reds are eyeing summer moves for midfielders Lars Stindl and Leonardo Bittencourt. (Daily Star)Jackson Martinez’s agent claims the striker will reject Tottenham and Liverpool to join a Serie A club next summer. (Daily Express)Swansea City are considering a move for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede. The 26-year-old is valued at £6m by the Championship side and Crystal Palace and West Brom have had bids knocked back for the Benin international. (Daily Mail)Hull and Aston Villa have joined the race to bring Demba Ba back to the Premier League. New West Brom boss Tony Pulis is also interested in a move for the former West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea striker. (Daily Mirror)West Ham have put in a shock £8million bid for Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis.  And Chelsea are hovering around Hammers duo Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.  (The Sun)West Ham will finalise a pre-contract agreement with Hamilton left-back Stephen Hendrie on Thursday. The 20-year-old will spend the rest of season at Hamilton before moving to London ahead of the 2015-16 campaign. (Daily Mail)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Chelsea star backs Costa after Liverpool controversy and insists: He won’t change!Exclusive – Former Liverpool star issues trophy warning to Rodgers after Chelsea defeatExclusive – No complaints over Chelsea axe for Liverpool clash, insists CahillShock Man United transfer claim! Red Devils ready to hijack Chelsea deal for CuadradoInsider Trading: Chelsea MUST pay World Cup star’s buy-out clause, plus Adebayor latestLiverpool and Tottenham target considering options before sealing moveLiverpool keeping tabs in Bundesliga starletSociedad star would welcome return of Arsenal targetArsenal transfer blow: Real Madrid ready to trump Gunners with £17m deal for defenderMan City transfer news: Star to decide future in the summerItaly move off limits for Tottenham starTransfer setback for Swansea as Saint-Etienne chief rules out midfielder saleAston Villa back in the running to sign Man City misfitlast_img read more