04/20/2021

Maduro announced Venezuela will request UN assistance to deactivate minefields left by Colombian irregular groups

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Maduro announced Venezuela will request emergency assistance from United Nations to deactivate minefields left by Colombian irregular groups.

President Nicolás Maduro announced Venezuela will request emergency help from the United Nations System to deactivate the minefields left by irregular groups that have settled on the border with Apure. He said he asked the chancellor, Jorge Arreaza, to extend a communication to the president of the entity, António Guterres, in this regard.

He also explained that these attacks occurred on the border, specifically in Apure state, haven’t been for two weeks, “the attacks are permanent and these days we have evacuated several camps of these irregular armed groups. They intend to take over our Venezuelan territory and we are not going to allow it, for this reason all our support for the FANB. Colombia handed over the border to illegal armed groups, criminals, “denounced the president.

He assures the Op Bolivarian Shield is a way of action to protect the country, especially the border with Colombia, from armed groups “irregular, terrorists, drug traffickers, violent,” he stressed.

“Colombia abandoned its border more than 50 years ago,” said the president. “Since 1980s, since Pablo Escobar phenomenon and then Uribism, which is the expression of the arrival of narco-paramilitarism in Colombia where mafias and drug trafficking have normalized it, they have cornered Colombian society and intend to broke in Venezuela and we will not allow it. These irregular groups, it is the war in Colombia exported to a noble and peaceful territory like Venezuela, we are going to liberate this entire area, the entire territory of Apure ”, said the president.

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He reported that he ordered the FANB General Staff to hold a special press conference to take a brief of this conflict.

“Our land is for planting, not for drug trafficking. Colombia doesn’t support the development of agricultural production, it only supports drugs, 92% of the drug take off through the Pacific and Colombian Caribbean. We are victims of paramilitarism and Colombian drug trafficking. We remain active and in solidarity in the defense and liberation of our territories, as a people of peace but also of warriors. They intend to take over our Venezuelan territory and we are not going to allow it, all our support to the FANB ”