CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Dutch government has “torpedoed” good relations between Venezuela and Aruba and the other former Netherlands Antilles, according to the president of the Venezuelan parliament and vice president of ruling party, Diosdado Cabello.
The Netherlands is, Cabello claimed, behind the arrest of former intelligence chief General Hugo Carvajal in Aruba, who was waiting for approval to be installed as Venezuelan consul general on that island. However, he is wanted by the United States for drug trafficking in collaboration with the Colombian rebel group FARC.
“Gentlemen of the Dutch government, rectify. This is not the way. This puts the good relations with Venezuela in danger,” he said in his weekly television program.
Meantime, the arrest of Carvajal was celebrated by the Venezuelan opposition parties, which have been in constant protest against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
“The narco regime is crumbling,” a pro opposition website stated in response to the arrest of the Venezuelan diplomat.
This is not the first time that discord has prevailed between Venezuela and the Netherlands. In 2006, former President Hugo Chavez called the former Dutch Foreign Minister Henk Kamp a “pawn of Washington”. Camp feared that Chavez wanted to expand his influence in the former Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
Curacao is on high alert because of its relations with Venezuela, which operates the oil refinery in Curacao. Also, the local airline InselAir operates various daily flights to and from the neighbouring country.
The prime minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, said that the government met for the second time with relevant stakeholders to continue monitoring the situation and prepare for eventual consequences, which could be negative for Curacao.
Also, the prime minister has called an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Minister to discuss the current situation.
Both Aqualectra and Curoil have taken the necessary precaution to procure enough fuel, water and electricity for Curacao.
Venezuela temporarily banned flights to and from Aruba and other Dutch Caribbean territories but they were later resumed.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle