The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, thanked his counterpart, Gustavo Petro, and the leaders of Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Honduras and Mexico, for raising their voices in the United Nations General Assembly to request the lifting of sanctions. against their country.
“(Colombian President Gustavo) Petro is right when he says that the sanctions do not harm Maduro, they do and harm the common people, the humble people,” said the Venezuelan president in his program from last monday
Maduro also pointed to Petro’s position on the “boomerang effect” of the sanctions, which caused an increase in the migration of people in vulnerable situations and caused damage to Colombia, “in different ways.”
What did Peter say?
In recent days, Democracy Now! He published one he made to the president of Colombia when he was in New York, at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he stated that the coercive measures imposed by the United States on Venezuela caused a “boomerang effect” on country in North America.
The Colombian head of state described the increase in the passage of migrants through the Darién Gap, a forested and swampy area that unites Colombia and Panama, as a “human population”, a situation that worsened after the US blockade against Venezuela.
“In other words, the blockade that took place in Venezuela acts like a boomerang that has now hit the same US, which decided on the blockade. (The affected people) knocked on the doors of the house, the population they impoverished” , he was sentenced.
The Colombian president stated that before the coercive measures against the neighboring country, which intensified starting in 2015, “Venezuela was a rich country” with oil and gas “in quantity” and with a population that was “relatively stable under any regime.”
However, in his opinion, the blockade caused the standard of living in the South American country to drop suddenly. “They have practically broken the balance that most Venezuelans live in and many of them have left and now want to enter the United States,” he said.
When asked what to do to meet the challenge of migration to the riding area, Petro offered an alternative that he has referred to on other occasions. “How is the exodus partially reduced? Unblock Venezuela,” he declared.
“They are not harming Maduro, his family, his political project, because he is in charge. However, it seems like a suicide has happened. We are all affected,” warned Petro.
In his opinion, Washington caused the migratory exodus “just by using an imperial policy that is completely ineffective,” and that affects children and the most vulnerable population the hardest.
The Cuban case
Evaluating the situation in Cuba, the president of Colombia described it as “more strident” because the Caribbean country has been blocked by the United States for six decades and included by Washington in the list of “countries that support terrorism. ”
He stated that he was surprised that the Joe Biden Administration did not change its foreign policy against Havana, and stated that the two had a conversation about Cuba and Venezuela. “The process is very long, very slow,” he added.
“We have seen in the US Government a very slow pace that ends up making the Biden Government look like the Trump Government and leaving scars in Latin America,” he said.
In his opinion, this situation can improve through dialogue, cooperation and cooperation between the US and Latin American countries.
“That’s why a government like Biden has to step up, close the wounds,” he said.