Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Curaçao calls on Venezuelan diplomat to discuss border closure

Rhuggenaath_AlmeidaWILLEMSTAD - The Prime Minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggenaath called on the Representative of Venezuela in Curaçao, the Consul General Marisol Gutiérrez de Almeida for an urgent meeting last Saturday. The Prime Minister did so because Venezuela decided on Friday to close the borders with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire for 72 hours.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro made this decision because the smuggling between his country and the islands in his opinion is the reason for the Venezuelan crisis. According to him, his people are the victims.

However, during the conversation with the Consul-General, Rhuggenaath said that the unilateral closure of the border is in conflict with the pursuit of good neighborly relations "which we deem high". He further said he would keep a close eye on the consequences of the closure and take measures “if necessary”.

The direct consequences of the Venezuela decision for Curaçao are not yet clear. President Maduro has indicated that passengers will not be stranded. Nevertheless, flights have been canceled. Rhuggenaath has announced that it will take measures to prevent problems resulting from the temporary closure of the borders.

Photo: Premier Rhuggenaath and Consul-General Gutiérrez de Almeida (archive)

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