Statement from the Prime Minister of Aruba on the situation in Venezuela

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 07-03-2019.

ORANJESTAD - The Prime Minister of Aruba recently informed the members of Parliament on the latest developments in Venezuela.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Minister of Justice Mr. Andin Bikker, the Police Department, Coast Guard, National Security, Dimas, Immigration Department, Crisis Management Office, the Royal Dutch Marines and the Taskforce Human Trafficking and Human Smuggling.

The Prime Minister explained that the situation has not changed much over the past days. The Government and all involved authorities are closely monitoring the situation in order to be ready for any eventuality and to provide the needed protection to the island. The Government is meeting with the authorities on a daily basis while the Prime Minister is in constant contact with all involved.

The Prime Minister confirmed the position of the Netherlands, on recognizing Juan Guaidó as interim President of Venezuela. Dutch Minister of Foreign Relations, Stef Blok, recently informed the Dutch Parliament that the Dutch Government is recognizing the interim President of Venezuela for the time needed to call on free and democratic presidential elections in Venezuela. The letter details the Kingdom’s position towards the Interim President, while maintaining all diplomatic relations active with the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, who still has all the authority. In the meantime they are establishing diplomatic contacts with Interim President Guaidó.

The local authorities are monitoring the developments on a daily basis while preparations have been ongoing for a while in order to provide the most accurate information.

“The situation in our neighboring country, Venezuela is worrying. I can feel the concern of the community. This is totally understandable, based on the many reports circulating the media”.

The Prime Minister of Aruba is urging everybody to remain calm. “All decisions made will be in the best interest of the community”.

In addition, the Prime Minister is making an appeal on everybody to unite in prayers for Venezuela. “Hopefully there will soon be a solution for the crisis in Venezuela”.