The Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Felix Plasencia, denounced this Thursday, October 21, 2021 that Secretary Blinken’s visit to Colombia is part of a strategy of sustained aggression against the Venezuelan people.
One of the topics they discussed the most was the migration of Venezuelans to the neighboring country, where of course they don’t mention that it is the aftermath of the criminal sanctions that the United States government has imposed on Venezuela.
The Bolivarian government reminded them that the use of their territory to attack Venezuela is disrespectful to the brother Colombian people since that country is going through one of the worst social convulsions in its history due to the misgovernment of Mr. Duque, who de It opportunistically shields its failure behind the unconditional support it receives from the United States.
The Venezuelan government also reminded the secretary of state that he would have to be held accountable to the people of the United States, for the increase, even under the government of President Biden, in the production of cocaine in a country considered a strategic ally in the struggle against drug trafficking.
Here is the full statement:
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounces before the international community that the recent visit of the Secretary of State of the United States of America, Antony Blinken, to Colombia is part of a sustained strategy of aggression against the Venezuelan people and their democratic institutions . The use of their territory to attack Venezuela is disrespectful to the brother Colombian people since that country is going through one of the worst social upheavals in its history due to the misrule of Mr. Duque, who opportunistically shields his failure behind of the unconditional support it receives from the United States.
The American people, in turn, have given clear signs of wanting to leave behind the supremacist, racist, and violent practices of the previous government that so damaged their credibility and international relations. In that sense, before launching unfounded attacks against Venezuela, the Secretary of State would have to render accounts to his own people for the immoral promotion and defense of a government responsible for violent massacres. Human rights organizations registered during the recent National Strike alone no less than 1,708 cases of violence by the public force, 37 homicides by the police, 222 victims of police violence, 831 arbitrary arrests against protesters, 312 violent interventions by the public force, 22 victims of assault on their eyes, 110 cases of firearms being shot by the Police and 10 victims of sexual violence. To this can be added the forced disappearance of 775 people. This was not addressed by Secretary Blinken in Colombia.
The secretary of state would also have to be held accountable to the people of the United States, for the increase, even under the government of President Biden, in the production of cocaine in a country considered a strategic ally in the fight against drug trafficking. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy of the White House, Colombia registered a record increase of close to 15% in coca production between 2020 and 2021. Cocaine production, in turn, went from 936 to 1,010 tons. This increase is also reflected in figures from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime that revealed in its 2020 monitoring that Colombia’s cocaine production increased by 8% or 1,228 tons. Colombia today represents 70% of the world’s supply of cocaine in the world.
The Secretary of State should explain to the people of the United States the basis for his support that has allowed the increase in paramilitary and criminal activity. According to the October 2020 report of the Institute for Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz) on narco-paramilitary groups in Colombia, there are approximately 200 criminal structures, of which 11 are armed groups with defined structures. This would correspond to approximately 2,694 armed criminals. Likewise, in Colombia the presence of organized crime has flourished, to the point of being considered the second country most affected by crime in the world, according to the Global Organized Crime Index of 2021. The Peace Agreement that cost the people so much Colombian and that generated so many expectations in the United States, has also suffered due to the inaction of the Duque government. The Secretary of State would have to explain to the American people why he supports a government that has allowed the assassination of at least 1,111 social leaders, of which about half were carrying out tasks to carry out the implementation of the agreement.