Thursday, January 26, 2023

Venezuela: Maduro will not attend the Selek summit

CARACAS ( Associated Press) – The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed Monday that he will not attend a summit of heads of state and government of Latin American and Caribbean states for security reasons. for an investigation and arrest warrant “for drug trafficking” in the United States.

The summit will be held in Buenos Aires on 24 January.

The government justified its decision on the existence of a “plan drawn up within the neo-fascist right”, as it calls its local and foreign opponents, “which aimed to carry out a series of attacks against our delegation, Told it. In a statement issued by the Minister of Communications and Information, Freddy Naz, through his Twitter account.

As previously planned, the team will be led by Maduro. Following the change of plans, Foreign Minister Yvonne Gil Pinto will head the Venezuelan delegation, the statement said,

According to the letter, in Argentina, his opponents will try to stage “disgraceful demonstrations aimed at disturbing the development of that regional meeting” and thus “contribute to the discrediting campaign – already unsuccessful – launched against us”. country since the Empire North American”, referring to the United States.

Maduro’s presence at the CELAC summit has been the subject of strong criticism from opposition political parties in Argentina and human rights organizations.

Similar claims have also been made against Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel.

Former President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) said a few days ago about the possible presence of Maduro and Díaz-Canel that “the majority of Argentines feel ashamed that our country joins others where oppression, torture, drug abuse There are terrorism, political prisoners and fraudulent elections that make a mockery of democracy”.

He said, “These dictators are not welcomed by us Argentinians, but by a government that, in its mediocrity, will soon take the unfortunate honor of being the worst government in the history of democracy in our country.” “

In this sense, Patricia Bulrich, one of the leaders of the opposition coalition that makes up Macri, said that she alerted the local office of the DEA, the US anti-drug agency, to “arrest dictator Nicolás Maduro as soon as possible”. Foot in Argentina for drug trafficking”.

The Argentine Forum for Democracy in the Region (FEDER), made up of Argentine and Venezuelan opposition political leaders and intellectuals, condemned Maduro, Díaz-Canel and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in an Argentine court for human rights violations.

The US government is offering a reward of more than $15 million for information leading to the arrest or prosecution of Maduro.

The President of Venezuela has been accused of narcoterrorism and corruption as an alleged member of an illegal syndicate that included the drug trafficking organization known as the Cartel de los Sols, which was run by Venezuelan soldiers and now-defunct Colombian guerrillas. composed of members of the FARC. ,

According to prosecutors in New York, Maduro’s alleged involvement would be part of a conspiracy to “flood the United States with cocaine” and to use drug trafficking as “a weapon against the United States”.

Maduro, for his part, accused the United States and Colombia of plotting and “ordering Venezuela to be filled with violence”.

CELAC is made up of 33 member states and the main promoter of its creation was the then Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez; Argentine Nestor Kirchner and Bolivian Evo Morales.

Argentina is the host country for this week’s meeting when the President of Argentina, Alberto Fernandez, holds the provisional presidency of SELAC.

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Almudena Calatrava, reporter for The Associated Press in Argentina. Contributed to this note.

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