The colombian governmentor rejected this Sunday the “lying, cynical and irresponsible accusations” of the president Venezuelan, Nicholas Madurowho assured that Colombia supposedly activates plans to affect the electrical infrastructure and attack personalities of that country.
This was stated by the Colombian Foreign Ministry in a statement in which it sets the position of the country after the Venezuelan head of state said that the Government of President Iván Duque “continues to activate plans, we have the information in hand, for terrorist attacks against the Venezuelan electrical system, terrorist attacks against personalities and political and military leaders of Venezuela”.
“As is customary, once again the dictator Maduro launches smokescreens accusing the Government of Colombia of alleged actions against Venezuela, a country that we Colombians and our Government deeply respect and love. These accusations have no basis, ”said the Colombian Foreign Ministry.
Maduro, in the past, accused President Duque of being behind the attacks that have allegedly been perpetrated against the refineries and the electrical system of Venezuela.
The document from the Colombian Foreign Ministry adds that what the Venezuelan government seeks is “to try to divert attention from the delicate political, economic, social situation and the violation of human rights that Venezuela suffers.”
Next, he adds that “this smoke screen comes out precisely today (Saturday), when the world knows of the presence, and possibly the death in Venezuelan territory, of Iván Márquez.”
Regarding the issue, President Duque said on Saturday that the authorities are verifying the information on the alleged death in Venezuela of the top leader of the FARC dissidents, Luciano Marín Arango, alias “Iván Márquez.”
“At this time, information is being verified. We are working with our intelligence to verify this information and obviously, as soon as we have some corroboration, we will inform it in a timely manner,” said Duque.
Márquez, according to local media, allegedly died in an attack, in the midst of the confrontation that the dissident group called “Second Marquetalia” has with criminal gangs for control of drug trafficking on the Colombian border with Venezuela.
Complaints in Colombia
The Colombian government has said on several occasions that Maduro protects in his country not only the FARC dissidents but also the guerrilla commanders of the National Liberation Army (ELN).
Colombia and Venezuela share a 2,219-kilometer border that has been closed to vehicles since August 2015 by order of President Maduro, who had previously expelled thousands of Colombians from that area.
Subsequently, on February 23, 2019, Maduro broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia amid escalating tensions over Duque’s recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president.