United States and its main allies in AmericaThey pledged in Bogotá to reinforce their fight against terrorism and alerted the presence of Hezbollah cells in Venezuela, as well as the refuge of the Nicolás Maduro regime to illegal Colombian armed groups.
The stage was the III Hemispheric Ministerial Conference to Fight against Terrorism, in which the Colombian president, Iván Duque; US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the head of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, did not refrain from condemning the links of the Government of Maduro with these organizations nor its antidemocratic profile.
That position was reflected in the final declaration of the appointment, in which they were represented more than 20 countries of the continent, which expressed concern “about the activities that networks of (the Lebanese Shiite group) Hezbollah continue to carry out in some areas of the Western Hemisphere.”
“We applaud the recent actions of States in the region for counteract the activities of the Hezbollah networks, as well as encouraging other governments to look for more effective ways to address this threat, “said Colombian Foreign Minister Claudia Blum, reading a statement from the meeting.
Venezuela the common enemy
Duke was the first to denounce the presence in Venezuela, with support from the Maduro regime, from Hezbollah cells, a group supported by Iran and considered by the United States and the European Union A terrorist organization
“We have seen the Hezbollah cell presence in countries like Venezuela, with the consent and connivance of the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro, “said the Colombian president. Pompeo called that group” Iran’s armed arm “and stressed that the presence of members of the Lebanese group in Venezuela” is not acceptable. “
The tensions of the United States with Iran were accentuated at the beginning of the year after the operation in which Washington assassinated the general on January 3 in Baghdad Qasem Soleimaní, commander of the Quds Force of the Guardians of the Iranian Revolution. According to the head of US diplomacy, the regime presided by Maduro operates as “a cartel” for its alliances with terrorists such as those in Hezbollah.
“Maduro is doing activities that cost (a lot) millions of people who had to leave Venezuela. Destroyed lives, families, and added to his terror regime to work with terrorist organizations in his country; now he is leading an operation that looks like a cartel more than anything else, “he said. Given this situation, Colombia and Honduras decided to include Hezbollah in their list of terrorist organizations.
The Colombian guerrilla
In their statement, the governments that participated in the meeting, whose next edition will be held in Peru, recognized the “terrorist actions” of the guerrilla National Liberation Army (ELN) and of the FARC dissidents as a threat to regional stability.
“We express our concern because organizations that commit terrorist acts, such as the self-appointed National Liberation Army, may be protected in situations of institutional weakness, internal conflict or similar, such as in Venezuela, to enhance terrorist acts, “read Blum.
The conference was held at the Francisco de Paula Santander General Police Cadet School, where on January 17 of last year 22 cadets, including an Ecuadorian, died in a bomb attack by ELN. Duke, Pompeo and Guaidó deposited a floral offering and unveiled a monument in homage to the victims.
Both the Colombian president and the secretary of state of the United States and Guaidó, greeted relatives of the victims and kept a minute of silence in memory of the deceased.
The presence of Guaidó
Juan Guaidó He arrived in Bogotá on Sunday to participate in the Conference, which was the second time he challenged the Maduro regime and left Venezuela to move to Colombia.
The first time was on February 22 last year, when he arrived in the Colombian city of Cúcuta, capital of the department of Norte de Santander and border with Venezuela, from where he led a failed attempt to enter his country with a humanitarian aid caravan.
That is why Guaidó, recognized by more than 50 countries as interim president of Venezuela, will take advantage of the country’s departure to travel to Europe this week as part of its international strategy to strengthen the “pressure against dictatorship”.
Guaidó will visit London, Davos (Switzerland), where the World Economic Forum (WEF, for its acronym in English) and Brussels, where he plans to meet on Wednesday with the high representative of the European Union for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.
Look for democracy
“The fight for democracy It has no moments, it looks for ways, it looks for alternatives, it reinforces the mechanisms before a dictatorship that has not had any shame in infiltrating different organizations, “Guaidó said after a meeting with Pompeo.
The opposition leader called the international mobilization against the Maduro regime, which he considers “is much more like Syria than Cuba”, mentioning inflation figures and restricted access to medicines due to the crisis.
“It has been determined put an end to the suffering of Venezuelans, put an end to the terrorism that the migratory flow supposes, of the separation, the terror that causes not knowing if tomorrow you will eat. That is a form of terror that has infused the Venezuelan dictatorship in its population, “he said.