The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will host the next ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Gatineau, Quebec, on February 20, 2020.
The members of the Lima Group, joined by regional observers of the Lima Group – Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and El Salvador – will meet to discuss how to establish broad international cooperation for a regionally led solution to the crisis in Venezuela. The meeting will also reaffirm Canada’s unwavering commitment to a peaceful return to democracy for Venezuelans.
Canada is a co-founder of the Lima Group, created in August 2017, which brings together countries from Latin America and the Caribbean to lead the regional efforts supporting a peaceful solution to the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
“The world needs to come together to bring an end to the current crisis in Venezuela. Together, with the Lima Group and Canada’s international partners, we are determined to support the Venezuelan people in their quest for a peaceful return to democracy.”
– François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs
More than 4.8 million Venezuelans have been forced to flee their homes in search of food, health care and other basic services.
Canada has committed over $53 million in stabilization, humanitarian and development programming to help respond to the effects of the regional migration and refugee crisis as well as humanitarian needs in Venezuela.
In response to attacks on Venezuelans’ democratic and human rights by the regime of Nicolás Maduro, Canada has imposed 4 rounds of targeted sanctions on those responsible for undermining democratic institutions and committing gross human rights violations.
Canada supports the report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlighting grave human rights violations found in Venezuela.
Canada previously hosted the Lima Group on October 26, 2017, and February 4, 2019, in Toronto and Ottawa, Ontario, respectively.