The borders between Venezuela and the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao remain closed. This is what the Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami said this Tuesday on Twitter. President Nicolás Maduro stated that the connections with its neighboring countries had to be closed for a period of 72 hours. That period ended on Tuesday.
According to Maduro, the mafia is smuggling valuable items and food from Venezuela to the islands and it’s getting out of control. El Aissami complains that there has still been no meeting between top officials about the problems.
Venezuela, according to diplomatic Venezuelan sources, is prepared to lift the blockade immediately as soon as the consultations between the involved countries start.
El Aissami demanded on Twitter that a clear plan of action has to come into effect against the mafia who operate with impunity. Willemstad stated earlier that the measures are harmful to the country and that the ABC islands are always willing to cooperate to resolve any issue there is.
The Dutch government has not formally been informed of the Venezuelan blockade. “It’s disappointing”, according to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are ‘meetings’ with the Venezuelans in order to find a solution to the smuggling, and a new meeting is planned for Friday. The Dutch Ministry assumes that ”if there is a joint solution to solve the smuggling problems, Venezuela will open their connections to the ABC countries again”.
The forever ongoing political and economic crisis in Venezuela and the acute shortages in Venezuela are increasing the tension. Maduro has threatened to close the border with Colombia. He states that the deficits in his country are the result of an economic war against his country and its government.
The Finance Committee of the parliament has calculated that the country has the highest inflation in the world. In 2017, it reached 2616 percent. The gross domestic product continued to shrink, by a staggering 15 percent in 2017, according to parliamentarian Rafael Guzmán of the opposition against Maduro.
Maduro and its predecessor Hugo Chávez spend all the money from its oil revenue and was surprised when the oil prices dropped. The economy has collapsed and the opposition has been eliminated.