Published On: Tue, May 8th, 2018

Dutch political party PVV baffled about the arrival of the controversial Venezuelan Consul-General to Aruba

Carlos-Mata-Figueroa-Consul-Venezuela-op-ArubaTHE HAGUE, ORANJESTAD - The PVV faction in the Dutch Parliament is stunned that the Netherlands has agreed to the nomination of Venezuela for the appointment of a very controversial Consul-General in Aruba. It concerns former general Carlos Mata Figueroa who was Minister of Defense from 2010 to 2012 in the government of President Hugo Chávez. This is according to a report from Rene Zwart for koninkrijkrelaties.nu.

Although he is associated with international cocaine trafficking and is on the list of Venezuelans against whom personal sanctions have been promulgated by the United States, Minister Stef Blok of Foreign Affairs last week informed the government in Caracas of having no objection to station Figueroa - currently governor from Isla Margarita - in Aruba.

The PVV wants 'this unfortunate decision' to be reversed as quickly as possible, according to written questions from the members of the faction Raymond de Roon and Machiel de Graaf to Blok. "Do you share the opinion that the Netherlands should only accept foreign diplomats whose reputation is not in disrepute?" According to the questioners who remind the minister of 'the blamage' that his predecessor Frans Timmermans committed in 2014 with another highly controversial Venezuelan candidate consul.

"Why have you also agreed to (again) appointing a Venezuelan consul of dubious reputation in Aruba? Do you see that the reputation of Aruba and thus of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as a hub in the international drug trade is confirmed?"

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