The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) of Venezuela raised its alert level for the events of violence registered in the Colombian border department of Arauca (northeast), informed the Defense Minister of this South American nation, Vladimir Padrino López.
“The FANB, which is already deployed in the municipalities bordering the department of Arauca, has raised its level of alert to events on the other side of the border to protect the people and respond forcefully to any aggression against our sovereignty,” he said. Padrino López through his Twitter account.
¿Quién tiene la culpa de los males de Colombia? Seguir señalando a Venezuela de la violencia centenaria gestada en sus entrañas nunca los va a exculpar hasta tanto la tortilla se vuelva y la oligarquía colombiana sea sustituida por un gobierno de compromiso social (2/3)
— Vladimir Padrino L. (@vladimirpadrino) January 4, 2022
Colombian authorities confirmed on January 3 2021 23 deaths in clashes registered over the weekend between the dissidents of the defunct guerrilla group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Arauca.
Padrino López condemned the government of Iván Duque holding his country responsible for the violence in that Colombian department.
“Who is to blame for the ills of Colombia? Continuing to point out to Venezuela the centuries-old violence brewing in its entrails will never exonerate them until the tortilla is given another turn someday and the Colombian oligarchy is replaced by a government of social commitment “he pointed out.
Duque announced the dispatch of two Army battalions to the area, greater “intelligence capacity and helicopter and airborne supervision to guarantee territorial control.”
In this sense, the minister indicated that Duque seeks to disguise the events registered in Arauca.
“Again? Duque, the worst president of Colombia, creates elite forces, sends battalions to the border, orders airborne operations, deploys drones, etc; while issuing a pamphlet report to disguise a reality that today is palpable in Arauca, “he said
Duque accused the government of Nicolás Maduro of sheltering armed groups, which he said caused these clashes.