The diplomatic conflict between Venezuela and Colombia enters a new unimagined episode. Nicolás Maduro accuses Iván Duque and Juan Guaidó of promoting xenophobia against Venezuelan migrants and reported that his Government will denounce the Colombian president before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the persecution and extermination of his fellow citizens in Colombia.
“Who has promoted this xenophobic, hateful, exclusionary consciousness?!, Which has led to the murder, disappearance of thousands of Venezuelans in Colombia, who? The Colombian State, Mr. Iván Duque”, declared Maduro during a An address broadcast on state television and affirmed that, “the Venezuelan State has decided to take action on the matter and an accusation will be made of Iván Duque for crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court, for the persecution of Venezuelan migrants. “
The Venezuelan Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, explained that her Government will accuse Duque for the crime of extermination and persecution contemplated in Article 7.1H of the Rome Statute, for the “murder of our Venezuelan migrants”, referring to the murder of the two young men. , 12 and 18 years old, in the municipality of Tibú, in northeastern Colombia. These were shot after allegedly robbing a warehouse.
Their bodies were found on a road with their hands tied; a cardboard with the word “thieves” written by hand rested on the body of the minor. Both had been shot in the head.
For its part, the Duque government has emphatically rejected Maduro’s accusations and reiterates its support for Venezuelan migrants. Marta Lucía Ramírez, vice president of Colombia, recalls that for her country Maduro has no legitimacy.
“There is a dictatorship [en Venezuela] that it does not have any kind of legitimacy to assign responsibility to a different government for what they are not capable of doing for their own citizens, “said Ramírez. Through a statement his Foreign Ministry condemned the” horrible crime “of minors and assured that Rodríguez’s statements are “unfounded.”
“These statements made by the Venezuelan dictatorship have no other purpose than to hide yet another death. The death totally in the dark of the former commander of the Military Forces, General [Raúl] Baduel, is another of those who die in totally uncertain conditions, “the vice president declared again.
Neighbors eternally at odds
Just 10 days ago the Venezuelan Government had announced the reopening of the border crossing with Colombia after 6 years of lockdown. In that opportunity Maduro invited Colombian entrepreneurs to invest in their country, so it was thought that the tensions between Caracas and Bogotá would decrease.
But Maduro’s strong accusations paralyze any rapprochement and the thousands of Venezuelans who cross the border every day could be the main affected. In addition, according to Migración Colombia, almost two million Venezuelans reside in the territory, who fled the economic and humanitarian crisis that their country has been facing for years.
Venezuela and Colombia, which share a porous border of more than 2,000 km, have not had diplomatic relations since 2019, when Duque recognized the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president in charge of Venezuela.
Maduro accuses Duque of conspiring and planning attacks against him along with the United States, his other great political enemy.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.