The head of the US Southern Command, Admiral Craig Faller, said Thursday that he is concerned about the “increase in drug trafficking from Colombia to Venezuela” and that President Nicolás Maduro uses drug trafficking to “finance his illicit activities.”
Venezuela, the US high command said at a press conference in Panama, lives a “terrible” situation because a “generation of autocrats” is in power, which has pushed millions to flee the South American country.
«The migration (caused by the government) of Maduro, how he continues to use drug trafficking to finance their illicit activities. I see an increase in drug trafficking from Colombia to Venezuela and from nations across the Caribbean to Central America and it is a concern, “he declared.
Faller described as “illegitimate” the legislative elections held last Sunday in Venezuela that gave the victory to the allies of Nicolás Maduro, and that have been rejected by the Organization of American States (OAS), by the European Union and fifty countries.
«The unity of the international community it has been very important“Said the military chief, adding that his country’s policy towards Venezuela” is that there be a peaceful transition to a legitimate government, exerting economic and diplomatic pressure. “
In the elections in Venezuela, Chavismo was proclaimed the winner by a wide margin and in a context of low participation, while the sector of the position that is grouped under the figure of interim president Juan Guaidó did not participate because they considered them fraudulent.
Faller said the US shares the concern on safety matter that constitute “those 5 million people who have migrated forcibly” due to the general crisis in Venezuela. “Migration is a great concern, for border security,” he added.
Faller offered this Thursday a press conference in Panama, a country that is visiting for the fourth time to strengthen cooperation in the fight against corruption, money laundering and drug trafficking.
He met with the Panamanian President, Laurentino Cortizo, and participated together with the Ministers of Public Security, Juan Pino, and Foreign Relations, Erika Mouynes, in a meeting of the High Level Security Dialogue focused on issues such as corruption, the fight against money laundering, cybersecurity, border security and illegal fishing.
«The dialogue we had today highlighted the progress that Panama has made and the recognition of the need to stop money laundering (…) It is important that we can be one step ahead of the threat of these criminal organizations and what I saw today is great hope for the vision of Panama and its work as a regional leader to dismantle and defeat them, “said Faller.
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