04/20/2021

Foreign Minister of Venezuela reported on diplomatic actions carried out so far about border conflict

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Foreign Minister of Venezuela,Jorge Arraza reported on diplomatic actions for defense of national sovereignty

In press conference statements to national and international media from the Miraflores Palace, the foreign ministers, Jorge Arreaza, reported this Tuesday on diplomatic efforts carried out so far this month before different instances of the United Nations Organization ( UN) to promote coordination with the Government of Colombia in solving the aggression of irregular armed groups from Colombia on the border with Apure state.

“Colombia is a threat to Venezuela security and region,” said the senior official, who stressed that it is a failed state, permeated by the drug trafficking industry and where there persists an absence of will on the part of its authorities to act against armed groups.

In this regard, it indicated that a letter was sent to Ilene Cohn, deputy director and officer in charge of the United Nations Service for Mine-Related Activities, requesting technical assistance and updated advice to detect and deactivate anti-personnel mines that Colombian irregular groups have placed in Venezuelan territory to generate terror and death in the border population.

The Chancellor showed statistics of the International Committee of the Red Cross, which show a balance of 389 victims of explosive devices in Colombia during 2020.

He also indicated that they sent a letter to the UN Security Council, addressed to Dinh Quy Dang, permanent representative of Vietnam and president of the instance during this month of April, so in the next quarterly meeting on Colombia he decides to investigate activities of Colombian armed groups that, from within that country, carry out armed attacks against the territory and Venezuelan population, and ensure that these nations effectively coexist in peace as good neighbors, as established by the UN Charter.

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Minister Arreaza specified a similar communication was sent to the UN Secretary General, António Guterres, who was also sent another requesting that he interpose his good offices with the Government of Colombia, in order to address these important binational issues, as well as to establish a direct and permanent communication channel between the competent authorities of both countries to resolve all matters inherent to the 2,219 kilometers of the Colombian-Venezuelan border.

He announced soon the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela will also direct a communication to the Government of Mexico, within the framework of its pro tempore presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), it may act as a mediator before the administration of Iván Duque, in function of guaranteeing the Zone of Peace that the bloc decreed for the entire region in December 2014.

“We will continue to be committed to peace with Colombia,” emphasized the head of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.