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Venezuelan consular office in Aruba attacked; offices closed in Curacao, Bonaire
Published on February 24, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- The Venezuelan minister for foreign affairs, Elias Jaua, has reported that the country’s consular office of Venezuela in Aruba suffered damage from a vehicle on Friday.

Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister, Elias Jaua
“We want to make a call to those who have promoted this hatred, to those who have instilled this intolerance leading to a Venezuelan citizen, residing on that island, to attack a consular office of your country putting his own lives at risk,” the minister said.

He accused the media of inoculating hatred.

“I am amazed of how far the ability has come to inoculate hate. With a perverse use of social networks, promoting intolerance of class and race,” Jaua said.

The minister said that he has asked the Dutch authorities to deport the Venezuelan citizen who was involved in this incident.

“We request the concerned citizen to be deported so the Venezuelan justice can deal with him accordingly,” he said.

Jaua explained that President Nicolas Maduro had ordered a preventive closure of the consulates in Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire, as well as the removal of Venezuelan citizens working in the consular buildings in those countries.

He also said, “We called our ambassador in Holland to get more knowledge on the position of the Dutch government regarding this serious attack on our consular office.”

Prime Minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes
Meanwhile, the prime minister of Curacao, Ivar Asjes, during a press conference, said that the government of Curacao has taken notice of the incident in Aruba.

The prime minister immediately convened an urgent meeting with his Cabinet. After the meeting, he called the Venezuelan consul, Sonia Alvarado Rossel, to offer her necessary assistance.

The prime minister also contacted his Aruban counterpart, Mike Eman, to offer assistance and also receive more information about the incident.

Furthermore, the director of the office of foreign relations and the chief of police are in contact with their Aruban counterparts to receive information about the ongoing investigation on the incident, which happened early Friday morning.

Asjes informed the media that the Curacao government has been following the tense situation in Venezuela and hopes that all parties involved can have a constructive dialogue to resolve their differences in the interest of the Venezuelan people.

Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle
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Peter Binose:

The people need to know that Venezuela owe all these small Dutch islands multi millions of US dollars for ticket sales and other reason regarding their aeronautical operations. Venezuela refuse to pay or cannot pay, yet they are washing millions to ALBA members through PetroCarib, multi millions which will never be repaid. Will never be repaid because the ALBA countries themselves are so cash strapped that they will never be in the position to repay.

If they stopped giving away the Venezuelans state money, they would be able to pay their debts to the Dutch islands, they are transferring the financial failure onto the Dutch islands which is totally unfair.

Then Venezuela are not telling the truth, that this is a backlash against their own bad behaviour. Of course there can be no excuse for criminal acts of any kind. They should just start

Venezuela undertook to pay the wages of Cuban workers who are involved in building the international airport in Saint Vincent, they have never paid a red cent. Its now running at over $20 million and some of the debt is over 6 years old.


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