The Maduro regime militarily reinforced the border with Colombia after clashes between guerrillas

The Venezuelan authorities have ordered that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) reinforce their deployment in the state of Apure, bordering Colombia, before the escalation of violence due to clashes between guerrillas from the neighboring country in the Colombian department of Arauca.

Thus, the head of the Strategic Operational Command of the Venezuelan Army, Domingo Hernández, has indicated on social networks that this movement has been carried out in compliance with the orders of President Nicolás Maduro and that it seeks to confront the TANCOL groups, an acronym used by the Venezuelan authorities to refer to Colombian drug-trafficking terrorists.

“The FANB will fight against the TANCOL groups in any of their forms. Call them what they’re called! Independence or nothing!” Hernández asserted on his Twitter profile, where he also extolled that the Army, “in perfect civic-military union”, will maintain the country as “a territory of peace”.

Venezuelan soldiers mobilized to Apure
Venezuelan soldiers mobilized to Apure

For his part, the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, has traveled this weekend to the conflictive area, from where he has defended that the country’s authorities will stop the advance of the guerrillas and has accused Maduro of providing “sponsorship” to these groups, according to Caracol Radio.

“Our objective for the year 2022 in Arauca is to continue confronting terrorism and to stop the commanders of criminal structures that are on the other side of the border and that enter Colombia to commit misdeeds. Let’s go get them”, Duke has asserted.

“We are going to continue denouncing to the international community the collusion and sponsorship that the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro provides to these criminal groups that operate on the other side,” he added.

"Arauca, ELN, in broad daylight", wrote former president Álvaro Uribe from his Twitter account denouncing the presence of illegals in this area of ​​the country
“Arauca, ELN, in broad daylight,” wrote former president Álvaro Uribe from his Twitter account denouncing the presence of illegals in this area of ​​the country

Thus, Duke has requested that “Other countries of the world also declare the dictatorship of Venezuela as a sponsoring dictatorship of terrorism”, a government that has been accused of failing to comply, therefore, with resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

In addition, the Colombian president has lamented that “multiple local governments” have succumbed to crime and drug trafficking. “This phenomenon is going to come to an end”, said Duque, who has also recognized that it is a “priority” of his Government to “dismantle the influence of terrorism in the administrative management of this territorial entity”, referring to the authorities of Arauca.

The area has been in recent weeks of an escalation of tensions after clashes between the National Liberation Army (ELN) and dissidents of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Given the armed conflict on the Colombia-Venezuela border, dozens of families have been victims of forced displacement.  Photo: Ombudsman's Office.
Given the armed conflict on the Colombia-Venezuela border, dozens of families have been victims of forced displacement. Photo: Ombudsman’s Office.

The violence carried out by both guerrillas has already claimed the lives of more than 30 people, while there are more than a hundred families who have had to be forced to leave their homes.

In fact, the Colombian Ombudsman’s Office has warned of “the great tension” that exists in Arauca and has announced that it is in talks with the communities most affected by the actions of the armed groups in the framework of their dispute over “illegal activities”. in the border area.

(with EP information)

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