Foreign ministers members of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) held a new meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, where a resolution was approved on the crisis in Venezuela and the destabilization of the region.
The resolution seeks to update a list of people associated with Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
“Towards these people it has been decided to activate cooperation mechanisms according to national laws on financial intelligence,” says the final text, referring to the resolution passed on September 23rd.
The mechanism activated includes “measures restricting the entry and transit of these persons in TIAR countries”. The declaration has suggested that other mechanisms will be implemented to define how to make “eventual withdrawals of persons from this list,” in the event that it deems it necessary.
“The resolution rejects the measures adopted by Maduro against the president in charge [of Venezuela] Juan Guaidó” and argues that they are in contradiction with the principles of objectivity and independence of financial investigation units led by Maduro’s disputed government,” the statement said.
The resolution highlights three mandates related to “identifying or designating persons and entities associated with the regime of Nicolás Maduro involved in the illicit activities of money laundering, illegal drug trafficking, terrorism and its financing,” as well as persons involved in organized crime networks, acts of corruption or serious violations of human rights, as explained by Colombian Foreign Minister Claudia Blum.
On the other hand, it also seeks to “entrust the financial entities” of the TIAR member states to prepare a consolidated list of persons linked to the disputed government of Nicolás Maduro.
And finally, to create a network “integrated by financial intelligence and public security authorities” to intensify the “legal, police and judicial cooperation to investigate criminal acts” of persons involved with the government in dispute.