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President Petro Reveals US Request for Darien Gap Barrier Ahead of UN Assembly on Migration Crisis


There has been issues surroundin migrations thhrough the Darien Gap.
There has been issues around migrations through the Darien Gap. Credit: CC BY 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons

Colombian President Gustavo Petro has officially announced that the upcoming United Nations meeting will revolve around the complex issue of migration through the Darien Gap as one of its key subjects to be addressed.

US Government’s Request for a Darien Gap Barrier

During a recent meeting held in New York, Petro disclosed a significant development: senior officials from the United States have approached the Colombian government with a request to construct a barrier in the Darien Gap region. This proposed measure aims to exercise control over and curtail the movement of migrants through this strategically vital geographical area. President Petro’s revelation came as part of his preparations for his participation in the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, where he addressed a range of pressing concerns, including the ongoing migration crisis in the Darien Gap.

The Darien Gap’s Role as a Migration Transit Zone

The Darien Gap, characterized by its dense tropical rainforest, extends along the border separating Colombia and Panama. Over an extended period, this region has served as a significant transit point for migrants attempting to traverse from South America to North America, making it a focal point of global attention.

UN’s Spotlight on Migration Issues in the Darien Gap

Within the context of the United Nations General Assembly, leaders from across the world are converging to deliberate on matters of paramount importance to the global community. Notably, the issue of migration in the Darien Gap has risen to prominence on the assembly’s agenda, highlighting the urgency of addressing this complex and multifaceted challenge.

Crucial Role of US Engagement in Resolving the Migration Crisis

President Petro underscored the vital importance of fostering dialogue with the political leadership of the United States to tackle the migration crisis affecting the Latin American region. Therefore,in his statements, President Petro emphasized that traditional approaches such as relying on horses, whips, or dogs are insufficient to effectively address the multifaceted nature of this migration challenge.

Central Focus in Discussions with the US Government

To conclude, as part of his upcoming visit to New York, President Petro has revealed that the issue of the Darien Gap and its associated migration crisis will stand as a central point of discussion during his interactions with the United States government. The United Nations meeting, scheduled between September 19 and 23, is expected to offer President Petro a platform to address various pressing matters, with a prominent focus on the migration crisis in the Darien Gap.

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