Some sources have claimed a collection of guerrilla assaults in western Venezuela’s border area are the work of dissident factions from the Colombian FARC, which renounced armed wrestle in 2016 and has ten deputies in Congress,. However Defence Minister Vladimir Padrino López denounced “misinformation” by media and NGOs.
Venezuela’s defence minister has accused the US and Colombia of backing paramilitary incursions which have left two troopers useless.
Basic Vladimir Padrino López accused the US Central Intelligence Company (CIA), the Pentagon and Colombian President Ivan Duque of being behind the collection of cross-border infiltrations which were confronted by the Venezuelan armed forces, Venezuelanalyis reported.
The final accused unnamed Colombian paramilitary teams of “drug operating, extortion, kidnapping, human trafficking, sexual youngster exploitation, smuggling, unlawful mining… and the usage of antipersonnel mines.”
Within the newest incident on Thursday, two sergeants had been killed in a conflict within the border state of Apure. A number of Colombian gunmen had been additionally killed and others captured.
“The aforementioned teams have the backing of the Colombian authorities and of the Central Intelligence Company. As such, their incursions into Venezuela must be thought-about as an assault by Ivan Duque who… is making a prison hall on the border beneath the recommendation of the US Southern Command” Padrino López stated, referring to the US army’s forces in Latin America.
A number of journalists have claimed the assaults had been carried out by breakaway factions from the previous Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), which has reworked itself for the reason that 2016 peace accords into the Widespread Different Revolutionary Pressure political celebration — which has the identical acronym. The Marxist FARC has obtained political help from Venezuela’s Socialist Occasion authorities.
However the defence minister denounced a “misinformation marketing campaign” by international media and NGOs, with out giving particulars or commenting on the identities of the militant teams.
Final week journalist Érika Ortega Sanoja claimed the incursions had been the accountability of a 1,500-strong FARC cut up in south-east Colombia led by Gentil Duarte, the nom-de-guerre of Miguel Santillana.
Ortega Sanoja claimed Duarte’s faction had switched sides and now supported the Colombian “oligarchy” as a US “franchise” drive, and was concerned in drug trafficking.
Colombian authorities stated 4,700 civilians, each Venezuelan and Colombian residents, have been displaced by the border skirmishes and have fled throughout the border and are actually being housed in camps across the city of Arauquita. Venezuela took in some 5 million Colombian refugees from the five-decade civil warfare.