In the manifest, the protesters urged for the re-opening of the borders with Venezuela. The Aruba-Venezuela border was closed in 2019 for air traffic as well as for marine traffic. Only indirect flights from Venezuela were possible through Colombia or Panama for those who succeeded in getting a Visa.
Prime Minister Evelyn Wever Croes emphasized that the current global situation is impeding many things. Covid has affected Aruba enormously and Aruba is currently still in the recovering phase, trying to get the community back to work. The priority now is to get employment for the citizens first. “I have noticed the request of a group to re-open the border between Aruba and Venezuela. It is not an easy thing to do and requires considerable diplomacy from both countries. We have to agree on strict control policies.
Back in 2018, when President Maduro closed the borders with Aruba, it took lots of dialogue between the Aruba and Venezuelan authorities. The accusations of President Maduro that Aruba was stealing its copper, stained the name of Aruba, and this was the beginning of the border closure. The Government of Aruba wants to prevent this situation from repeating itself. On a diplomatic level, it requires concrete policies to regulate and control air and marine traffic.
“The Government of Aruba and Curacao are currently at the table with the Venezuelan authorities. Once they reach an agreement, the Government of Aruba will evaluate how and when the border with Venezuela will re-open.
However, it will not be something soon, but it has the attention of the Aruba Government. We have empathy with those who live in Aruba and have family in Venezuela. We continue to pray for Venezuela to resolve its internal problems. Only the Venezuelans can solve their problems. The responsibility of the Aruba Government is to put Aruba and those who live in Aruba first", the Prime Minister stated.