The deputies of the Delegate Commission of the Legitimate National Assembly, reiterated their call to the United Nations Organization (UN) and other international organizations that deal with human rights, to make their presence felt in Venezuela to verify the recent fighting on the border between Venezuela and Colombia and the violent events that have occurred caused by organized crime and armed criminal gangs that operate in the popular areas of the Greater Caracas.
The National Assembly condemned the deaths of Venezuelan soldiers in the Apure State and blamed Nicolás Maduro and the usurping Defense Minister, Vladimir Padrino, for these events that unfortunately aggrieve the military institution.
Furthermore, the President in Charge of Venezuela and the National Assembly sent condolences to the relatives for the deaths of Venezuelan soldiers. These soldiers died in bloody combats that occurred with foreign guerrillas protected by Nicolás Maduro and announced that the Venezuelan Parliament together with the Colombian government and multilareral organizations, will investigate the violation of human rights that are committed in the border area.
Deputy Luis Lippa intervened during the debate and urged the United Nations Organization (UN) through the Security Council appoint a Peacebuilding Commission “to put order and guarantee the return” to their place of origin, their homes, and jobs of the more than 6,000 displaced Venezuelans who had to flee in a hurry because of the conflict between the Disident FARC and the Armed Forces of Venezuela.
He suggested the implementation of a border state policy that allowas fellow citizens feel safe in their own country. This, said the parliamentarian, can be done through internal institutions such as the Fund for Agricultural, Fisheries, Forestry and Related Development (FONDAFA).
A War for The Control of Drug Trafficking
Parliamentarian Gaby Arellano, President of the Borders Subcommittee, asserted that the new bombings against FAN military units, which occurred in the border area of Apure, affect many citizens and military officials, who “have been the victims of this war that is fought for the control of drug trafficking routes between a FARC front headed by Gentil Duarte against another FARC front led by Iván Márquez, and the latter uses the support of the Venezuelan military to defend their illicit routes for drug trafficking.
She called it a “lie” that the FAN is defending the sovereignty of the nation in the Apure State, on the contrary, she stated that it is an internal war between groups of the FARC Colombian guerrillas.
Arellano reiterated the complaint about the complicity of the regime with irregular armed groups, and the permissiveness “in giving weapons and space” to criminal gangs that terrorize the population such as: El coqui. Similarly, she denounced that Nicolás Maduro allowed the entry of Special Forces from Russia and Cuba into Venezuela.
The Flimsy FAN
In the online session, Deputy Freddy Superlano warned “that death, displacement, drug trafficking and the systematic violation of human rights at the border place the common citizen in a total state of defenselessness.”
He recalled that according to a report presented by the non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch, together with a mission of the International Criminal Court in 2020, they found that one of the accusations against the regime is the police and military abuse against civilians in Apure State. Also, he commented that the regime supposedly established a joint commission of experts to investigate the killings, but the status of the investigation is unknown to date.
He expressed the opinion that the FAN has been seen throughout this armed clashes “weak, incautious, and naive in the face of the attack by unconventional military groups that control large areas of Venezuelan territory to plant narcotics, install laboratories and build clandestine landing strips for drug trafficking.”
Superlano affirmed that the confrontations between criminal gangs in Caracas and irregular armed groups in Apure, “make it clear that Venezuela is an anarchized country where the regime lost control.”
He warned that “in the military barracks the mystique, the vocation of service, and the love for the country were forgotten. On the other hand, political pragmatism has led them to become an amorphous mass that lacks leadership,” given this, the deputy assured that “most of its members believe it is necessary to restore their dignity and presence.”