The U.S. State Department described in a new report on international terrorism how Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorial regime is a haven for terrorist activities to take place on its territory. The report also places Venezuela once again as a threat to regional security.
According to the document, the Venezuelan regime allows and tolerates the use of its territory by terrorist organizations. “Much of Venezuela is ungoverned, under-governed or poorly governed. At times, the regime has openly welcomed terrorist activities in its territory,” the text states.
Similarly, he recalls that on July 28th last year, during the closing remarks of the Sao Paulo Forum in Caracas, Maduro declared that Ivan Marquez and Jesus Santrich (former FARC leaders who were missing at the time and were supposed to have left the peace process and returned to terrorist activities) both were welcome in Venezuela. On August 29th, both Márquez and Santrich appeared in a video in which they were wearing uniforms, carrying weapons and calling on the FARC to return to arms against the Colombian government.
The report also points out that Venezuela is also a permissive environment for ELN and Hezbollah sympathizers, as well as emphasizing the repeated complaints made by President (E) Juan Guaidó and the National Assembly against the regime’s provision of territory and passports for members of terrorist organizations.