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Statement on the Relationship between the Dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro and the Terrorist Actions of Armed Groups

  September 30, 2019

The deliberate policies of hunger, child malnutrition, blackouts and water scarcity of the Maduro regime have had a direct impact on the population of Venezuela, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis, the migratory crisis and the human rights crisis. This has also meant a direct attack on hemispheric peace and security.

Support for terrorism and drug trafficking in another country constitutes a crime against hemispheric peace and security. For example, the aggression of supporting the terrorist actions of FARC and ELN dissidents, as well as supporting their financing, constitutes a crime against peace. It is also a crime against peace to support other terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and its finances through drug trafficking.

Colombia has been the main country affected by these crimes against peace by the Maduro regime. On September 26, Colombian President Iván Duque delivered to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) the report “Threats to Democracy, Security and Regional Peace,” which once again proves the actions of the dictatorship of Maduro in collusion with the ELN and FARC dissidents in Colombia.

The evidence of crimes against humanity, crimes of atrocity and the participation of the dictatorship with terrorist groups and organized crime - as has been demonstrated in several reports - makes the need for a uniform voice of condemnation by the international community increasingly necessary; a voice that must not allow these actions to take place nor that they be distorted in the media. The standards of the international community, and in particular of the Inter-American democratic community, force us to be very clear about this.

The GS/OAS considers that the continuous work carried out by the Colombian government in the systematization and analysis of evidence is relevant to strengthen peace and security in the Hemisphere. We also value the Government of Colombia for all the efforts it has made to accommodate more than one million Venezuelans who have fled the criminal dictatorship that has abolished their rights and has produced the worst humanitarian crisis in the Hemisphere.

Reference: E-072/19