In the last few days, it became known in the social networks that the Venezuelan military deserters, who registered in the operation of the false humanitarian aid of February 23, are heading to Bogota to seek a meeting with President Iván Duque.
ÚLTIMA HORA: No les quedó otra. Tras ser desalojados de hoteles en Villa del Rosario, militares desertores venezolanos parten el próximo domingo en caminata de más de 500 Km hasta Bogotá. Quieren que les cumplan lo que les ofrecieron si abandonaban la FANB. pic.twitter.com/YJDGjeB2l2
— Dayana Sfinger (@DayaActiva) April 18, 2019
These military troops crossed the border with Colombia under the unfulfilled promises – protection and improvement of their economic situation – made by Juan Guaidó. Weeks later, several of these soldiers denounced being “adrift”, due to the fact that UNHCR Colombia demanded that they leave the camps and move on their own.
Atención a este testimonio: militares venezolanos que desertaron el 23 de febrero y huyeron a Colombia denuncian estar “a la deriva y a la espera del presidente Guaidó”. Afirman que Acnur les exige desalojar el campamento y moverse por sus propios medios: pic.twitter.com/RlV0MdxbRi
— Misión Verdad (@Mision_Verdad) March 16, 2019
Before that, the mayor of the Villa del Rosario municipality, Pepe Ruíz, in an interview with RCN Radio , said that the number of Venezuelan soldiers deserting to the side of Colombia is growing, and that this bothers the departmental authorities for the logistics involved in keeping them.
For the mayor, the presence of these troops generates other problems in the area of citizen security, for which they were required to return to Venezuela.
The media noise generated by these accusations forced the Colombian Foreign Ministry to make a statement, issuing a statement on the situation of the deserters instantly. He warned that, despite having helped this contingent, the Duque government needs help from the “international community”.
Comunicado de prensa: Honrando su compromiso de solidaridad y fraternidad, Gobierno colombiano acoge a ex miembros de la fuerza pública venezolana pic.twitter.com/QfvG7DQkVM
— Cancillería Colombia (@CancilleriaCol) March 17, 2019
The lack of response and the abandonment of (these men by) Juan Guaidó and his team, has precipitated that these troops look for answers in Colombia to their delicate situation. Paradoxically, they do not march to Caracas to give power to the “interim”, but to Bogota to add an additional problem in internal politics to the unstable government of Ivan Duque.
This situation reduces the credibility of Guaidó’s promises to the Venezuelan military, which are trying to convince them that by abandoning their oath they will receive preferential and privileged treatment.
Translated by JRE\EF