Pressure from US on Colombia to stop flights from Venezuela – Government – Politics

The US launched a diplomatic offensiveAvoid the first flight Bogota-Caracas It is operated by Conviasa and it is going to certify the restoration in the air Relations between Venezuela and Colombiareported Country.

Obtained by action against Kanvyasa in another country or by coercion carried out by authorities in that country.

According to the Iberian outlet, Washington conveyed the following message to Bogotá: “Individuals and companies providing material, material or technical support, goods or services in support of Conviaza may be subject to economic sanctions. We encourage the Colombian government to deny the right of landing.

The newspaper says Venezuela’s response to the ban is a violation and leaves Colombia in the middle of a dispute. It is coercive, one-sided and illegal, he added.

“Action against Kanviasa in another country or obtained by coercion carried out by authorities in that country (…) would violate general international law,” the Chavista government forcefully wrote.

Even so, Caracas went one step further as the flight did not take place. Wingo, the Panamanian airline, has already been authorized to close the route And he said he has been selling tickets to passengers for two weeks and has asked the Chavista government to temporarily suspend its operation.

“We await the final decisions accepted by the authorities for its resumption,” the company explained in a statement. In other words, Venezuela, for now, is not going to allow any air service between the two countries. This was in response to pressure from Washington.

The note recalls that Conviasa remains on Clinton’s list of companies and individuals the US Treasury Department accuses of money laundering. “(The airline) has been publicly identified as restricted property, consistent with its international and national legal obligations,” US diplomacy asserted.

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Colombia and Venezuela officially reopened their common border on Monday, which had been closed for seven yearsOn the part of President Gustavo Pedro and Venezuela, with an action led by the Governor of Tachira State, Freddy Bernal and the Ministers of Transport and Trade.

It is one of the liveliest borders in Latin America, and that is why we are moving forward, because it must be a stable, lasting and safe opening.

“This is one of the liveliest borders in Latin America, and that is why we are moving forward, because it must be a stable, lasting and safe opening,” said Colombian Trade Minister German Umana.

The minister recalled that in 2008, bilateral trade had crossed $7,000 million and in 2020 it had fallen to an all-time low of $222 million. In 2021, trade turnover is capped at $394 million.

Armando Benedetti, the Colombian ambassador to Venezuela, confirms that his ambition is to achieve a trade balance of 10,000 million dollars. His colleague, now ambassador and former foreign minister Felix Placencia, is also optimistic. “We are not only going to work for integration and unity, but together we can contribute to peace in the region,” the diplomat said.

However, these intentions were the first hurdle in the resumption of direct flights between the two countries.


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