The Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, said Wednesday that he wants to speak with the representatives of Venezuela and Colombia in that body’s session to try to find calm between the two nations.
Guterres seeks to take advantage of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations that was installed this Tuesday in New York for that purpose.
“I will take advantage of this summit to talk especially with Venezuela and Colombia, because I also think it is very important to avoid an escalation of conflict ,” said the agency’s main spokesperson.
Colombian President Iván Duque is expected to attend; and for Venezuela, Vice President Delcy Rodríguez and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.
There will also be a delegation of the deputy Juan Guaidó, however, Guterres clarified that he does not plan to meet with that team.
Relations between Venezuela and Colombia are in tension after the accusations made by Duque against President Nicolás Maduro. The neo-Granada president denounced alleged links between the Venezuelan government and terrorist groups, without presenting any convincing evidence.
Following these allegations, Maduro announced that this accusation was a Duque trick to justify a military intervention in Venezuela and that it is his government that will denounce him at the UN for supporting alleged paramilitary groups and false flag operations to justify a military confrontation between the two countries following Washington’s instructions.
Translated and edited by JRE/EF