Venezuela Denounces Brazil for Sheltering Deserters Involved in Assault on Military Unit

On Sunday, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, denounced before the international community the Brazilian government decision to grant refugee status to the five defectors of the Venezuelan Army, responsible for the armed assault on the 513 infantry border battalion located in the Gran Sabana, Bolivar state, on December 22.

Through a statement published by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, Venezuela asserts that there is a pattern of protection and complicity of governments allied with the United States (USA) in order to generate destabilization and attack the peace of Venezuela.

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On the other hand, the Venezuelan Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, denounced on Monday that the decision of the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, to grant refugee status to five defectors of the Venezuelan Army evidences his complicity with the government of States United and with the plans against Venezuela.

“The decision of the government of Jair Bolsonaro is reliable evidence of its complicity in destabilizing the tranquility of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela and undermine its legitimate government! Brazil has also become a sanctuary for terrorists!” Rodriguez wrote on her Twitter account.

Full statement:

The government of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela categorically rejects the decision of the government of the Federative republic of Brazil to give refugee status to the five material terrorists responsible for the assault on the 513 Mariano Montilla Jungle Infantry Battalion located in Luepa, Gran Sabana, Bolívar state, on December 22, 2019, where 120 assault rifles and 9 rocket launchers were stolen in a violent operation in which a soldier of our Bolivarian national armed forces lost his life.

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The Bolivarian republic of Venezuela denounces before the international community this unusual decision that confirms the pattern of protection and complicity of United States satellite governments to attack the peace of Venezuela through mercenaries who have confessed their crimes, on which there is proven conviction of training, payments and protection by governments of neighboring countries. It should be noted that this group of terrorists confessed through notorious and public communication, audiovisual registration, their responsibility and participation in such serious events.

By granting refuge to cases not contemplated in the corresponding international conventions, the federative republic of Brazil not only aggravates international humanitarian law, but also establishes dangerous precedents for protection of persons who have committed flagrant crimes against the peace and stability of another State. The Brazilian government thus becomes an accomplice of armed activities against neighboring countries and the protector of criminals and mercenaries.

It would be possible to ask the political and military authorities of Brazil what their reaction would be if Venezuela gave legal protection to deserters of its army, fleeing an attack on Brazilian military installations, perpetrated to generate anxiety in its population. The people of Venezuela are certain that the people of Brazil would never approve reckless decisions such as those taken by the weakened government of Jair Bolsonaro.

All of the above indicates that this type of decision of the Brazilian government is part of the illegal and dangerous activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), whose purpose is to generate the conditions for a military intervention in Venezuela. In this sense, the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela in the presence of abundant evidence and public confession of crimes, will insist on claiming the immediate delivery of this group of criminals, while denouncing the position demonstrated so far by the Brazilian authorities in the relevant international bodies, including before the United Nations Security Council.

Caracas, December 29, 2019

Featured image: Military Border Unit #513. Archive

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Translated by JRE/EF