21 nov. 2009

Uribe’s Minister launches new provocations against Venezuela

Caracas, Nov 19. ABN.- Once again, the Government of Colombia is on the side of illegalities and distorting the truth, as it stated that it will denounce Venezuela before international organs for the blow of two border bridges, which were used for smuggling, drug trafficking and the paramilitarism, alleging that said action violates international humanitarian rights.

“We are witnesses of a new provocation, another manipulation of the Colombian Government, because they are making reference to border bridges, international bridges, as if said bridges [the ones that were destroyed] were legal,” said the Vice-President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Ramon Carrizalez, in response to the statements made by the Colombian defense Minister Gabriel Silva Lujan. The latter told media that “people in uniform arrived in the Venezuelan side, apparently part of the Venezuelan Army; localized two pedestrian crossings linking communities of both sides –civilian bridges built by communities itself; and the people in uniform blasted them in the Venezuelan side to affect the normal life of civilian population.”

In a telephone contact with the Venezuelan state-owned television channel Venezolana de Television (VTV), Carrizalez cleared up that “the border crossings have to be convened by both governments, with the presence of both States, with customs and the rest of the regular inspection points. However, when we find improvised crossings in non-convened places or any other kind of construction used for smuggling and drug trafficking, we are obliged to exercise our sovereignty.

“We have never passed to the Colombian territory or attacked that country as they are pretending. They want to qualify us as the aggressors to generate a media campaign, in which they would be seen as victims, trying to hide the reality of a Colombia that has been transformed into a great Yankee military base putting in risk the stability of all the South American countries,” the Vice President said.

Carrizalez reminded that the Government of Colombia “kidnapped in Venezuela a Colombian citizen and took him by force back to his country; we must also remember the attack of which Ecuador was victim; the accomplice manner in which the Government of Colombia let the drugs pass to our country; and the paramilitarism supported by the Colombian Government that has passed the border to Venezuela.

“When we analyze all those elements, which are enough to denounce Colombia as an outlaw Government, it is clear who the aggressor and the warmonger is and it does not cause any surprise the statements made by Colombian officials, because they are trying to hide that they handed over the sovereignty of their country,” said the Venezuelan Vice- President.

The bridges, located over the Tachira River (Venezuela) border with the department of Norte de Santander (Colombia), are clandestine crossings or shortcuts used by drug dealers, paramilitaries and smugglers.

In this sense, Carrizalez reiterated that “we will continue enforcing international laws. Our country is a victim of drug trafficking and paramilitarism; thousands of Colombians come to our country displaced by the war in their country, due to the lack of attention of their Government that does not care Colombians to move out from their territory, because the Government is getting rid of a social problem. Said Government is just an oligarchy that only cares its businesses and the control over media outlets, but not the country.”

Regarding the current situation in the border between Colombia and Venezuela, Carrizalez stated that the activities are taking place normally as well as the operations at the border crossings legally convened.