Published On: Thu, Nov 19th, 2015

U.S. General apologizes for Venezuelan airspace violations

KellyWASHINGTON – The current commander of the United States Southern Command, General John F. Kelly has apologized for the recent infringement of the Venezuelan airspace from the Curaçao Forward Operation Location (FOL) base.

Kelly spoke at the International Institute of Strategic Studies on the challenges in the field of Safety in Latin America. This is where he received the question on the violation of the Venezuelan airspace.

Kelly acknowledged that the American aircraft flew in Venezuelan airspace. According to the General, the plane flew for about 3.5 minutes the South American country’s airspace. He did emphasize that the plane did not fly more than 9 miles (15 kilometers) into the Venezuelan airspace.

“We admit it and we apologize,” said the U.S. General.

The U.S. operates a so-called forward operating location on Curacao and neighboring Aruba responsible for drug-interdiction operation in the Caribbean region.

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