The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has accused his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, of being “personally” supervising new attacks by paramilitaries and mercenaries against the country, such as the one that the Caracas authorities disrupted a month ago.
Maduro has assured that “under the support of the Iván Duque government”, new incursions by “mercenaries” are being prepared in Colombian paramilitary camps to carry out a “terrorist” invasion against Venezuela.
The Venezuelan president was present this Wednesday at an event to commemorate a group of members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) for their work in early May in the so-called ‘Operation Gideon’, the failed naval incursion by a group of mercenaries who would aim to overthrow him.
“The media in Colombia fell silent. Iván Duque played the fool,” said Maduro, who pointed out how the Colombian head of state was informed from the White House that it was “the time to intensify the preparation and attack Venezuela”.
Maduro has regretted that, despite requests from the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres, for a world ceasefire to be reached during the coronavirus crisis, the attacks against Venezuela continued, as they have confirmed, he said. , the “captured mercenaries” during that operation.
“Let’s watch the sea, let’s watch the territory, let’s watch the airspace, let’s watch the homeland, so that none of these mercenary groups that train in Colombia under the protection, support and financing of the President of Colombia can harm any institution already no Venezuelan, “said Maduro before the Venezuelan television cameras.
According to Maduro, “a group of mercenaries and terrorists” trained in Colombia with the support of the United States tried to enter the morning of May 3 in Venezuela off the coast of Macuto, but they ran into Venezuelan troops. At least eight died and more than 30, including two Americans, were detained.
The Venezuelan Prosecutor’s Office maintains that the naval incursion is part of ‘Operation Gideon’, which it defines as a new attempt by the self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, to overthrow Maduro by military means, for which he would have signed a $ 212 million contract with Silvercorp.
Juan José Rendón and the deputy Sergio Vergara, two Guaidó advisers who acknowledged having hired the US company Silvercorp to launch the operation and overthrow the Maduro government, presented their resignation.
Guaidó, like the United States and Colombia, has completely distanced itself from the naval incursion and has accused ‘Chavismo’ of mounting a new “pot” (assembly) to divert attention from internal problems, including the pandemic of coronavirus.
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