In my capacity as president of the Foreign Policy, Sovereignty and Integration Commission of the legitimate National Assembly chaired by the Deputy and President in Charge Juan Guaidó, I address the national public opinion and the International Community, in the opportunity to state our concern and denounce the events that have been occurring in Apure State, related to the confrontations between armed narco-terrorist groups and components of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces of Venezuela (FANB).
To understand what is happening in Apure, it is essential to know that Maduro’s regime has taken part in the internal Colombian conflict, by supporting and harboring the FARC faction led by Iván Márquez and Jesús Santrich, who we have denounced as they enjoy shelter and protection in Venezuelan territory by the tyrannical regime led by Nicolas Maduro that has placed the Bolivarian National Armed Forces of Venezuela (FANB) at their service to defend the interests of the drug trafficking industry and the illegal exploitation and depletion of our mineral resources.
These confrontations between factions of the FARC and the Venezuelan army have generated a crisis beyond the complex humanitarian crisis that Venezuelans are experiencing today, and from which more than 5.5 million compatriots have fled as a consequence of an atrocious and criminal regime that has dismantled the democratic institutionality, destroyed the economy and the healthcare infrastructure of the country, and has made political dissidence a crime and supressed free, transparent and verifiable voting as its strategy to remain in power.
The conflict that began on March 21st, 2021, given the opacity of the regime in the handling of information, so far we know of an undetermined number of deceased Venezuelan military personnel and the displacement of no less than 5,000 citizens to Colombian territory, according to figures provided by the Colombia Migration Office and specialized NGOs, who in turn give an account of the execution of innocent and defenseless citizens by the Venezuelan military forces.
It is necessary and obligatory to highlight that in the serious war situation presented in Apure, Nicolas Maduro’s regime, who usurps the presidency of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, has committed acts that violate the principles and rights contemplated in the AMERICAN CONVENTION ON HUMANS RIGHTS. These range from the violation of Article 4 that guarantees the Right to Life; Article 5 associated with the Right to personal integrity; Article 19 that guarantees the Rights of children; Article 21 regarding the Right to private property and Article 22 related to free movement and residence.
To this end, in knowledge of the serious events cited that are public and notorious, and being the Republics of Colombia and Venezuela, signatories of the AMERICAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS, it is necessary to advocate the investigations of these events that threaten the human integrity of the citizens and destabilizes our nations. Therefore, from the Foreign Policy, Sovereignty and Integration Commission, we respectfully propose to the Colombian parliament, the immediate formation of a mixed commission that allows investigating and recording such atrocious events so they can be denounced before multilateral authorities.
We alert the International Community and especially all the American countries, that the conflict that is currently taking place in Arauca, Apure State between factions of the FARC and the Venezuelan army, may escalate and become a subregional conflict that it will generate total hemispheric destabilization. That is why we will continue to insist on our proposal to carry out fair, free and verifiable presidential and parliamentary elections with international assistance and oversight, as the only peaceful solution that will allow us to address the serious political and humanitarian crisis that Venezuelans are experiencing and consequently to reduce the migratory impact and avoid the risks to peace and regional stability.
President of the Foreign Policy, Sovereignty and Integration Commission