Through a statement, the defense minister, G / C Vladímir Padrino López, this Saturday denounced before the human rights organizations the infamous kidnapping of Venezuelan soldiers perpetrated by Colombian irregular groups, linked to drug trafficking and extortion.
From the Simón Bolívar press room of the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, along by the military high command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), the minister demanded that the captors who illegally keep them in captivity preserve their lives.
“We have established contacts leading to his early release and the Chancellery of the Republic is coordinating with the International Committee of the Red Cross to serve as a liaison in the deliveries of our combatant brothers,” he said in the statement.
Likewise, he recalled that this criminal structure uses the inaction of the Colombian government in order to carry out its transnational crimes
G / C Vladimir Padrino López stated that some countries have expressed their deep concern due to the instability in the region that can generate violent armed actions caused by these criminal gangs on the Colombian-Venezuelan border.
On behalf of the FANB, he asserted that in compliance with the guidelines issued by the Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Commander in Chief, Nicolás Maduro, they ratify their unwavering commitment to guarantee the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation, which doesn’t it is negotiable.
Since April 23, after the armed conflict in La Capilla de Apure sector, officials of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces have been captured as “prisoners of war.”
The Venezuelan soldiers kidnapped by the guerrillas are:
- Lieutenant Colonel (E) Jhan Carlos Beomont
- First Lieutenant Jhony Jaguay
- TF. Junior Flores Berroteran
- SM3 José Antonio Ramos Dávila
- Second Sergeant Estebán José Aular
- TF. Luis Jose Cova Barrios
- SM3 Paul Hernandez
- TF. Jose Emilio Torres Perez