The presidential commissioner for foreign affairs, Julio Borges, warned on Wednesday that the Maduro regime is protecting groups that have committed acts of terrorism in the region. He reviewed the attacks carried out by the ELN in Bogotá, by FARC dissidents on the border with Ecuador and by Hezbollah in Argentina. He also stated that it is time for urgent action in the face of the threat posed by Maduro’s dictatorship to the entire hemisphere.
“We have made a survey of information about terrorist attacks in the region and we have identified that the latest destabilizing events have occurred by groups protected today by Nicolás Maduro. The case of the AMIA in Argentina was facilitated by Hezbollah, the ELN a year ago attacked a cadet school in Bogotá and we know that all this was coordinated from Venezuela. Today no country can feel alienated from what is happening in our country, it is a real threat,” he said.
The representative of the foreign policy of the interim government said that from Venezuela these groups are being strengthened, aided by organized crime. “Operations such as gold smuggling and drug trafficking in the country are strengthening these armed groups and turning Venezuela into the center of destabilization. It is estimated that the extraction of gold is financing 60% of the ELN’s structure. These resources allow this group to buy arms to regroup and threaten the peace of the region,” he said.
He also stressed that the world cannot allow the consolidation of a failed state in the center of the hemisphere, so he called for more pressure on Maduro’s regime and its collaborators. He explained that the future of Latin America depends on what happens in the country, which is why he called on the entire international community to sound the alarm about the seriousness of Maduro’s ties to organized crime.
Finally, he said that it is necessary to reactivate internal pressure in order to unite it with international pressure. In his opinion, “only with these two motors running” will it be possible to achieve a definitive transition to democracy.