The presidential commissioner for foreign affairs, Julio Borges, highlighted that the oil spill in Falcón State shows that the Venezuelan crisis is already multidimensional and has effects on the whole region. Likewise, he pointed out that the spill is equivalent to more than 20 thousand barrels of oil spilled into the sea, in his opinion it is associated with the destruction of the oil industry by Maduro’s regime.
“The oil spill we see in Falcón is estimated to be equivalent to more than 20,000 barrels of oil spilled into the sea, and is the product of years of incompetence and corruption in PDVSA. It shows that the Venezuelan crisis is already multidimensional, it reaches all levels and today even from the environmental point of view we can affect neighboring countries,” he denounced.
Borges said the spill could extend beyond 350 kilometers and that we have seen on other occasions how countries like Brazil have been affected by this type of event. “Last year a spill affected more than 130 beaches in Brazil, the same government of President Bolsonaro denounced it. This could extend to more than 350 kilometers, it is a true environmental tragedy, which adds to what we are already seeing in the Arco Minero with the illegal exploitation of gold,” he said.
Borges also urged the organizations that defend land rights and all environmental groups to speak out about this environmental disaster under Maduro. He also stressed that the Venezuelan crisis cannot be seen with an ideological slant, because in his opinion it is a drama that touches all spheres of human life.
Finally, he welcomed the joint declaration adopted by 31 countries, which reaffirms the need for a presidential election and a democratic transition in the country.