Government of Venezuela says it is ready to resume military operations with Colombia

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This military cooperation would take place in order to establish peace on the border and combat criminal gangs

The Government of Venezuela says it is ready to resume military operations with Colombia

Vladimir Padrino, Venezuelan Defense Minister, assures that the country is ready to cooperate militarily with Colombia. Photo taken from @vladimirpadrino

On Tuesday of this week, one of the most anticipated meetings took place in the framework of the reestablishment of commercial and diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela. The president of the Colombians, Gustavo Petro traveled to the Miraflores Palace to meet with his counterpart, Nicolás Maduro. The meeting took place in private and lasted more than two hours.

At the end of the private meeting, both heads of state signed a joint declaration expressing commitments on both sides and side to advance in the restoration of relations. In this context, the Venezuelan Defense Minister,Vladimir Padrino López, announced from his Twitter account that his country would be prepared to resume military cooperation with Colombia, with the aim of combating the crimes that are taking place in some parts of the border that covers 2,219 kilometers of territory.

“We are ready to raise the level of communication and cooperation with the Colombian Military and Police Forces to confront transnational crimes generated by drug trafficking, armed groups and smuggling, among others. For a border of peace, alive and prosperous!”, said Padrino López from his Twitter account.

It is valid to highlight that this binational cooperation has been broken since the end of the year 2015, at which time Nicolás Maduro unilaterally closed the border and kicked out Colombian citizens residing in the neighboring country. Since then, and according to the information that the authorities would have, movements have been generated from both sides of the border for criminal purposes. A situation that would have derived from the weak military and police presence in the area.

Precisely, at the beginning of this year, the former Minister of Defense, Diego Molano, assured that, On the other side of the border, a battle would have started between the FARC dissidents and different criminal groups to debate the control of Arauca, one of the border departments that has suffered from repeated confrontations between armed groups.< /p>

The situation in Arauca did not originate in Arauca, but on the other side of the border”, Diego Molano indicated on February 2 of this year.

At that time , former minister Molano assured that he had intelligence information about the origin of the confrontations.

“Foreign interference on the edge of the border. By intelligence we have the information that the other side are these confrontations that the ELN, allied with the second Marquetalia, has to get dissidents out of the FARC,” Diego Molano added at the time.

For his part, the minister and general,< b> Vladimir Padrino, denied such allegations from his Twitter account.

Another public complaint that was recently made from the Colombian side, was issued on behalf of the mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, who, through the intelligence services of the National Police and the Attorney General's Office, would have verified that the origin of the criminal action of the 'Aragua Train' in Bogotá would be in one of the Venezuelan prisons.

Reason for which he submitted a request to the Foreign Ministry Colombia on September 9, a request that he communicated days later from his Twitter account.

“We filed a request with the Colombian Foreign Ministry for the Venezuelan government to effectively penalize the leaders of the Train of Aragua who continue committing crimes from Tocoron prison. A blue Interpol circular was also issued so that 5 criminals from the maracuchos are captured in Venezuela,” the mayor said on Twitter on September 13.

However, with the new government assumed by Colombia since August 7, and with the activities that have been carried out recently, the door is opened for binational cooperation in order to combat crimes that, apparently, have crossed both sides of the border.