MADRID, Sep. 4 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has declared on Tuesday the orange alert on the border with Colombia to an alleged threat of aggression, as reported by the Telesur news network.
“The current Government of Colombia does not want peace, wants war and we regret it,” said the president.
“I have ordered the FANB Operational Strategic Commander and all the military units of the border to declare an orange alert against Colombia's threat of aggression against Venezuela,” he announced during the commemoration of the IX anniversary of the Bolivarian Military University of Venezuela, from Fuerte Tiuna, located in Caracas, the capital of the country.
The president has explained that the Colombian government, headed by Iván Duque, “wants to accuse Venezuela of being the cause of a war that began 70 years ago in Colombia.”
In this sense, Maduro has referred to the unfounded accusations about links between his Government with the dissent of the extinct guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
On the other hand, he indicated that it is planned that between 10 and 18 September the Sovereignty and Peace Military Exercises will be carried out on the border between the two countries. The Venezuelan military carried out military exercises on at least two occasions this year, in January and July.
Maduro's words have taken place hours after the opposition and self-proclaimed leader “president in charge”, Juan Guaidó, urged the use of satellite tracking to locate guerrilla groups and Colombian rebel leaders in the country.
Guaidó has said he plans to cooperate with Colombia with information provided by senior Venezuelan intelligence officials who, he said, support the opposition, but has not clarified whether that would be the same source for obtaining satellite tracking data or how it would achieve that tracking.
“We are going to collaborate with the Colombian Government for Intelligence activities,” Guaidó said in a session of the National Assembly, where he has also accused Maduro of being a traitor for supporting former FARC leaders.
“We will authorize the use of satellite technology to facilitate the location of these irregular groups, of camps housed in national territory … and also the take off of aircraft for illicit drug trafficking,” he explained.