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Aruba rejects that the Maduro government asks it to announce a reopening of the border without having negotiated the conditions

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Evelyn Wever-Cross | Photo: https://caribbean.loopnews.com/

Evelyn Wever-CrossPrime Minister of Aruba, responded to Nicolas Maduro who last week urged the Netherlands and the local governments of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire to talk to coordinate a fight against drug trafficking.

In addition, the prime minister reported that the Venezuelan government asked her to announce that there would be a reopening and that after she makes the announcement it will be when Maduro officials will negotiate the conditions.

“The Venezuelan authorities recently asked us to make a statement that the border is going to be opened and then we are going to sit down and talk. That’s not how we work. We negotiate, we have the conditions and then we announce reopening, “said the woman.

‘Lack of transparency’

And he assured that giving border reopening announcements without having anything agreed would be a lack of transparency that would give false hope to the community.

“People here know me and know that when I announce something, I do it. At this moment Aruba wants to reopen the border with Venezuela and not now, forever because Aruba was not the one who closed the border. But the reopening has to be under very well defined conditions, especially in terms of maritime transport so that we can import fruits, vegetables and materials at lower prices,” he explained.


“I call on the ambassador of the Netherlands, the government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the local governments of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire, to get their act together, to coordinate because Venezuela is making a great effort to protect all this and we are going to support it,” Maduro said on Friday when ordering the installation of new military bases on the Paraguaná peninsula.

And before the request to announce a border reopening without having negotiated, Wever-Croes recalled that in May 2018 the borders were reopened after collaborations between the governments of Venezuela and Aruba.

“But later, in January 2019, Maduro again closed the borders with Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. It was a very hard blow for Aruba and in May 2019, Venezuela decided to reopen the border but only with Aruba, not with Curaçao or Bonaire. And Aruba was not ready for that because there was no process of conversation about what condition the reopening would be. So Aruba decided to close the border », he said.

And he added that at that time the Venezuelan government was informed that they should go to a negotiating table to agree on the conditions for a reopening of the border.

“But, since that moment, they have not come to the negotiating table to open the border in a way that is safe and responsible,” he added.

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