Analysts describe as “absurd” and a “dangerous situation” the possible designation of Colombia as an important non-member ally of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), after US President Joe Biden announced his intention to take this step.
“It is absurd,first thing because Colombia doesn’t have any capacity to contribute from the point of view of international security, much less and, furthermore, because that is to enter into a war game, of distribution between powers and ultimately align with the interests of the US in a strategic way,” says Camilo González Posso, president of the Colombian Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (INDEPAZ).
González also considers that this designation by the US “is completely counterproductive” for Colombians and points out that the South American nation should aim more towards a regional alliance.
“What Colombia needs is greater independence, greater disposition in sovereignty and giving priority to a Latin American alliance. If in this world game there is no Latin American unity to make a counterweight and seek better conditions, including negotiation, our countries are going to be marginalized and aligned in a completely weak way with the great world powers,” he said.
For his part, the international analyst Vladimir Adrianza stated that it is “a dangerous situation”, pointing out that “a clash is taking place in the world between the unipolar world, represented by the US, Europe, Japan and some other collaborators, including Colombia, in this case in Latin America, and a multipolar world”.
“A game in relation to resources”
This claim to designate Colombia as an important extra-NATO ally has been criticized by some countries, including neighboring Venezuela, which sees this movement as a threat to its territory and the region.
In this regard, the head of INDEPAZ considers that Venezuela is a strategic country for the US, mainly because of its resources.
“They enter between the geopolitics of seeking to counteract the influence of China, Russia and above all to seek positions in relation to Venezuelan oil and minerals. It is a game in relation to resources,” he emphasized.