The European External Action Service and the Delegations of the European Union in Colombia and Venezuela have been following closely the situation at the border between the countries. On 29 August 2015 the High Representative/Vice-President’s spokesperson issued a statement voicing concern about the tensions and their possible impacts on regional stability. She encouraged both parties to work towards mutually acceptable solutions in full respect of human rights. On 27 September 2015, she discussed the crisis during a meeting with President Santos in New York.
While some welcome steps have been taken by the two countries to reduce the tensions, following in particular the meeting between Presidents Santos and Maduro in Quito on 22 September 2015, we have observed continued military activity in border areas. Moreover Venezuela extended border closures to other municipalities, which remains a source of concern.
The European Union supports the initiatives that have been taken by a number of South American countries as well as by some regional organisations to help de-escalate the crisis by promoting dialogue and common solutions, and to ensure full respect for human rights and humanitarian principles, in line with the EU’s longstanding approach of encouraging regional solutions to crises.