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Colombia rules out using the TIAR for military action in Venezuela but to raise political pressure

September 18, 2019

Colombia will denounce at the UN “the relationship between the Maduro regime and terrorist organizations”


The Colombian Foreign Minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, has clarified that the recent support that his Government has given to the activation of the TIAR, a regional agreement with a collective defense clause, is due to the need to increase the political and diplomatic pressure “on Venezuela, rejecting” any measure that involves the use of force “to resolve the crisis in the neighboring country.

Colombia is one of the twelve countries that last week agreed to convene the consultation body of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) for Venezuela, the first step to activate a regional agreement that contemplates a wide range of political and diplomatic measures and, in Lastly, an armed action in the country in question.

Colombia rules out using the TIAR for military action in Venezuela but to raise political pressure
Colombia rules out using the TIAR for military action in Venezuela but to raise political pressure

“Colombia has never raised a military intervention, Colombia has never raised a force action, Colombia has not raised any kind of measure that involves the use of force,” Trujillo replied, questioned in an interview with Europa Press about an eventual use of the TIAR to carry out an armed action in Venezuela.

Trujillo has pronounced in the same line with respect to the military maneuvers that the Venezuelan Armed Forces develop from September 10 and until the 28th at the common border to, according to the government of Nicolás Maduro, neutralize an alleged aggression from the side Colombian, in another symptom of the growing tension between the two countries.

“Colombia is ready, Colombia is prepared and, naturally, Colombia will not accept provocations of any nature, but the authorities, within this level of preparation, do so in compliance with what are the constitutional and legal duties of the Forces Legitimate navies of the nation, “he stressed.

The foreign minister has stressed that “Colombia has a well-defined position in this area that raises and reiterates in all the scenarios in which it is necessary: ​​Colombia goes only to political and diplomatic means.” “This is our position as a country and will continue to be our position. It is also the Colombian tradition,” he emphasized.

Thus, it has appealed to “all possible political and diplomatic actions, all those enshrined in different international instruments, either in the OAS Charter, in the Inter-American Democratic Charter and, of course, in the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance “, to solve the crisis in Venezuela.

Trujillo has argued that there are still “many more” political and diplomatic actions to apply to the Venezuelan case, despite the current sanctions of the EU, Canada and the United States and the regional stance against Maduro. “The range of sanctions is very wide, it is heterogeneous, so that, in what has to do with sanctions applied by different countries or by a group of countries, the possibilities remain multiple,” he said.


The head of Colombian diplomacy has also used to reiterate the recognition of the Casa de Nariño to Juan Guaidó as 'president in charge' of Venezuela, indicating that they maintain “a close relationship, of permanent consultation”. “We have the highest opinion of Guaidó, we highly value his democratic effort,” he said.

It has also ratified the Colombian support “to the itinerary that was defined by Guaidó – end of the usurpation, inclusive transition government and call for elections -” by assuming the 'presidency in charge' of Venezuela, which includes the proposal that the team Opponent made 'Chavismo' in the recent Oslo and Barbados process.

As Guaido said this week, he offered Maduro to form a transitional government in which neither was present to lead the country to a “real” presidential election, revive the Venezuelan economy and facilitate the entry of humanitarian aid. .

“The fact that the position of President Guaidó and the response of the dictator Maduro has been made public, which demonstrates that there is no real desire for dialogue, but that he intends to use the scenario of conversations for what he has always used, to gain time, to stay in power and to try to generate divisions in the opposition, “he said.

Consequently, he has rejected the dialogue agreement that Maduro has reached with four minority parties of the Venezuelan opposition with a view to other political forces joining in the future. “What credibility can be given to that supposed agreement? What is being raised by President Guaidó,” he said.


On the other hand, Trujillo has referred to the intervention of Colombia in the annual meeting of New York for the inauguration of the new session of the United Nations General Assembly, within the framework of which both he and Duke have advanced that They will denounce Maduro's alleged links to terrorism.

The head of the Colombian Foreign Ministry has refused to give details of what will happen next week, limiting himself to saying that “the president will take to the UN General Assembly all the evidence, very detailed, that account for the relationship between the regime of Maduro and Colombian terrorist organizations for several years. ”

Trujillo has specifically targeted the guerrilla of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and “international terrorist organizations of other nations of the world”, as well as “the new narcoterrorist group whose organization was announced by alias 'Jesús Santrich' and alias 'Iván Márquez' “, FARC dissidents seeking a confluence with the ELN.

“What President Duque is going to do is realize how the Maduro regime has violated the obligations it derives from resolution 1373 of the United Nations Security Council,” passed after 9/11 to define a global plan for Fight against terrorism, has riveted.