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