The deputy president of the Mixed Committee in Defense of the Esequibo and the Atlantic Facade of the National Assembly, Williams Davila, this Monday stood up to the accusations of the usurper of the Ministry of Defense, Vladimir Padrino Lopez against this parliamentary body, and asserted that the National Armed Force (FAN) has failed in its fundamental duty in defense of national sovereignty.
Furthermore, Dávila questioned that currently there is no transparency in the military body regarding this key subject for the country. As an example of this, he maintained that there is a lack of information regarding patrolling tasks in the Venezuelan Atlantic Facade in compliance with the decrees and laws of the Republic regarding the territorial sea. This is the reason why, in the opinion of the parliamentarian, there is an increasingly active presence of vessels of transnationals that, under the authorization of Guyana, carry out studies and exploration in the territorial waters of the Republic.
“Mr. Padrino has imposed on the FAN the motto ‘The Sun of Venezuela is born in the Esequibo’, this is an act of hypocrisy, because in the State of Bolivar we can see the increasing presence of transnational organized crime groups and terrorist groups that carry out their activities under the approval of the high command under his command,” said the spokesman of the Assembly.
To support the latter, he gave as an example that during the visit of the committee that he heads to Anacoco Island in an act of national sovereignty, they had to pass by a post of the National Liberation Army (ELN) that operates between the military posts of Casa Blanca and the Army control point in Anacoco Island.
He also added his categorical rejection of the fact that FAN, on the orders of the military high command, has allowed the proliferation of illegal activities that threaten national sovereignty, illegal mining, drug trafficking, smuggling, human trafficking, river polution, deforestation of our jungles, and an increase in crime: “Our border areas have been divided into mini-republics, each dominated by a pran, a guerrilla leader, or a drug trafficker.”
The National Assembly with a firm and nationalist position
When delving into the subject, Dávila also questioned the 21 hypotheses presented by Delcy Rodríguez to solve the Esequibo dispute with the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. He stressed that any illegal negotiation that takes place and that results in the loss of sovereignty or the surrender of this territory to foreign powers, will be not only be the responsibility of Miraflores, and the culprits of this will be the High Military Command headed by Vladimir Padrino López for having sullied his oath as an officer of the Venezuelan Army.
“The position that the National Assembly has taken has been a forward-looking one. We have set public positions that are more forceful than those set by Maduro because we have rejected Guyana’s unilateral acts when it has granted concessions in the area that is within Venezuela’s economic zone, which violates our sovereignty and also blocks our exit to the Atlantic,” replied the parliamentarian.
He also highlighted the diplomatic work that the Joint Commission in Defense of Esequibo has been carrying out, that 24 hours before the oral hearing of the International Court of Justice, reaffirmed the doctrine of Venezuelan democracy and reiterated that this body does not have jurisdiction to settle this dispute between these two nations.
“That declaration by Vladimir Padrino is once more a confession that this is a military dictatorship where the military themselves are incapable of defending sovereignty or territorial integrity. They have never demanded that Maduro convene the Defense Council as we did in the National Assembly so that there would be a unanimous position with all sectors in relation to the defense of Esequibo,” said the deputy.