“Costa Rica has no alternative but to start being less generous” – Q COSTA RICA

QCOSTARICA – Foreign Minister Arnoldo André Tinoco on Thursday signed a letter addressed to the United Nations (UN) to indicate that in the absence of international financial support, Costa Rica must strengthen its migration policy.

Lawmakers from the International Affairs Committee received Foreign Minister Arnoldo André Tinoco. (Courtesy of the Legislative Assembly)

This was Tinoco’s statement Thursday evening before the lawmakers of the International Affairs Committee, referring to various issues, including that related to the migratory flow of Venezuelans.

“Today I signed a note addressed to a representative of the United Nations in which we indicate that in the absence of international financial support, despite the multiple demands that the government has made in international forums and because it there is no decisive response from the countries of final destination nor in transit, Costa Rica has no other alternative than to start being less generous and less easy to welcome migrants to our territory”, assured the diplomat.

Regarding diplomatic relations with Venezuela, Tinoco said they are constantly being evaluated.

“Relations with Venezuela are constantly evaluated, every week we appreciate what is happening and what is not happening and the movements of other countries,” he said.

On this last point, he pointed out that Gustavo Petro, President of Colombia “approached Venezuela to return to the Latin American system of human rights”.

“In foreign policy, you cannot cling to a simplistic vision of partial readings and it must be comprehensive and based on collective benefit,” said the Costa Rican diplomat.

He recalled that Costa Rica has recognized Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela since 2019 and supports María Faría as representative of this government in Costa Rica and that “there has been no change” in this decision.

One of the reasons for the call is related to a video released by an official Venezuelan newspaper about a parliamentary friendship group.

According to the report, the friendship group is led by lawmaker Julio Cerpa, who assured that he will soon have a meeting with parliamentarians from Costa Rica.

Source: El Observer