Venezuela’s neighbors convene summit, Brazil deploys army to border

by WorldTribune Staff, August 29, 2018

Brazil’s president on Aug. 28 signed a decree to deploy the nation’s armed forces to its border with Venezeula.

Brazilian President Michel Temer. / Getty

President Michel Temer ordered the troops to the border state of Roraima, where thousands of Venezuelans have been pouring into Brazil to escape the economic collapse in socialist Venezuela.

Temer blamed the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro for the migration crisis.

“The problem of Venezuela is no longer one of internal politics. It is a threat to the harmony of the whole continent,” Temer said in a televised address.

Peru has declared a 60-day health emergency in two provinces on its northern border, citing “imminent danger” to health and sanitation, AFP reported.

The decree, published in the government’s official gazette, did not give more details on the risks, but health authorities have expressed concerns about the spread of diseases such as measles and malaria from migrants.

Meanwhile, top immigration officials from Peru, Colombia and Brazil met in Colombian capital Bogota for a summit to discuss how to cope with the influx of migrants from Venezuela.

There are close to 1 million Venezuelans now living in Colombia and more than 400,000 in Peru, the countries said in a joint statement after the meeting on Aug. 28.

Just 178,000 of those in Peru have legal permission to stay or are being processed.

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