In accordance with the internal statute of Rules of Procedure for Internal Affairs and Debates of the National Assembly, this Friday the National Assembly’s Subcommittee on Border Affairs was installed, headed by Deputy Gaby Arellano as Chair, Deputy José Luis Pirela as Vice-Chair and Pedro Luis Contreras as Secretary.
It is also made up by deputies Carlos Varela, Juan Pablo Guanipa, Luis Lippa, Romel Guzamana, Yorman Barillas, Ángel Alvarez, Rosmit Mantilla, Américo de Grazia and William Barrientos.
This Sub-Commission will address the health emergency in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic; the presence of illegal groups in the border areas; and the violation of the human rights of border residents and returnees to Venezuelan territory. Likewise, the Esequibo dispute and the five years of illegal closure of the borders between Colombia and Brazil.
Furthermore, Deputy Arellano informed that by mid August, the Sub-Commission plans to hold a meeting with the Border Commissions of the Colombian and Brazilian parliaments, where a balance will be presented of what has happened during these five years on our border borders; as well as the unconstitutional extension of the states of emergency decreed by the usurper regime and the institutional work carried out by the National Assembly.
Following meetings with representatives of the neighboring countries and experts in the field of border affairs, the Sub-Commission plans to submit a report to the Standing Committee on Domestic Policy in September, after which the final report will be submitted to the plenary session of the National Assembly for discussion and approval by the management and parliamentarians.
She assured that the report will contain substantiated evidence, documentation and appropriate terminology, which will serve as an important instrument for the National Assembly, to be presented before the various international organizations, in order to show the reality of what is happening on Venezuelan borders.
Arellano warned that as long as Nicolas Maduro continues to usurp power, there will be no border development, nor a legislative project that advances the development of economic security and integrity of the citizens living on our borders.