“That they assassinate Venezuelan soldiers in Apure is Maduro’s responsibility. Our soldiers were sent to Apure to be assassinated,” in this way the President in Charge of Venezuela and the legitimate National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, referred to the armed conflict on the border of the State of Apure and the final consequence was that several Venezuelan soldiers have lost their lives.
The statement was made this Thursday during a press conference with national and international media where he also ratified the complaint about the financing and protection that the regime gives to a dissident faction of the Farc that is fighting for the control of the drug trafficking route with another faction of the same guerrilla group.
Guaidó reaffirmed that what happens in Apure or at ‘Cota 905′ (Caracas’ slum), to cite two examples, is a sign that Nicolás Maduro “does not control anything.”
He also said that both “the dictator, Padrino López and Remigio Ceballos must give an answer” about the conflict, but they must also give it to the families of the soldiers “murdered wholesale.”
“In 200 years of history such a surrender like the one made by the dictatorship has never occurred. No communiqué from the regime names the FARC. They (the Farc) have beheaded Venezuelan soldiers and that is the responsibility of Nicolás Maduro. The Church had to recover the bodies, as in a war.”
The President in charge of the country sent his condolences and those of the interim Government to the relatives of the Venezuelan soldiers killed in Apure. He also reported that the National Defense and Security Commission, and the Justice and Peace Commission of the legitimate National Assembly initiated the pertinent investigations and actions.
“Hand them in now”
Guaidó challenged the regime to immediately deliver to justice the guerrilla leaders of the Farc, Jesús Santrich and Iván Márquez.
“Call the guerrillas that you protect and submit them, not to speak as they have done before, but to deliver them to justice. Put them at the order of justice now.”
He asked the National Armed Forces (FAN) again if they were going to continue to protect Santrich and Márquez. He reminded them that Nicolás Maduro is indicted in the International Criminal Court for drug trafficking and terrorism.
“Hopefully (the FAN) fulfills its duty to enforce the Constitution, there is no excuse. I ask the Military High Command, are they going to continue exposing our troops?
Finally, the interim President asked Venezuelans to unite to end the tragedy through free and fair elections.
“It is time for a national union to reach an agreement that saves Venezuela. When we achieve the transition, and we are going to achieve it, we must exercise sovereignty. Compliance with the Constitution is the sacred duty of military officials, but also of Venezuelans.”