The Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, asked the Armed Forces on Wednesday to “clean the barrels” of the rifles in case his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, dares “To violate the sovereignty” of their country and “touch a millimeter” of their soil.
“I have told the Bolivarian National Armed Forces to respond forcefully to the reckless statements of Iván Duque on Venezuela, to answer them verbally and to clean the barrels of our rifles to answer him on the plane we have to answer him if he dares to violate the sovereignty of Venezuela, if he dares to touch a millimeter of Venezuelan territory, “said Maduro.
In a press conference in which he did not directly mention what statements he was referring to, he criticized the creation of a “special command”.
This same Monday, the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó spoke with Duque and highlighted “The creation of the specialized command against drug trafficking and transnational threats” as “another demonstration of the Colombian government’s commitment to combat the scourge and the leaders of the narco-terrorism hidden in Venezuela under the protection of the Nicolás Maduro regime.”
On several occasions, the Colombian authorities have denounced that the leaders of the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and dissident groups of the FARC are in Venezuela.
On February 6, the Colombian magazine Semana published some photos in which several leaders of a FARC dissidence are seen armed while apparently in Venezuela, which Maduro then described as a “false positive.”
This Wednesday and in reference to those accusations he described them as “rehash.”
“On the subject of the guerrilla, it is a rehash that is not believed in Colombia or in the world, it is a rehash, that is how I qualify it, it is a rehash that seeks, a week ago, divert Colombian public opinion from the serious problems that exist with the pandemic “, he added.
Regarding the situation on the common border, the Venezuelan president stressed that, throughout the 70 years that he considers that the armed conflict in Colombia lasts, “the guerrilla parties of Colombia (…) of groups of different ideological signs” have swarmed for a region “abandoned by the Colombian State.”
“You are leaving the Colombian side and there are no authorities, there is no Police, there is no military, there is nothing, they have handed over the border, for a long time to the mafias (…) Also on that border is what remains of the guerrilla Colombian, the remains of the Colombian guerrilla “He added before giving the order to “clean the barrels” of the rifles.