Published On: Wed, Jan 10th, 2018

Consequences of closed borders visible

curacao-floating-market-cr-alamyWILLEMSTAD - The consequences of the closure of Venezuela's borders are starting to slowly become visible. Stores that depend on Venezuelan vegetables and fruit have empty shelves and more and more boats of the floating market in Punda are closed.

Most large stores get their fruit and vegetables from the United States and have no problems. Aruba reports that 200 passengers are still stranded and are waiting for a return flight to Oranjestad. The border blockade lasts two days.

On Friday, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will meet with the Venezuelan authorities. The Dutch Member of Parliament, Alexander Pechtold expects that the Netherlands, together with the rest of the Kingdom, will announce that they take the complaints of Venezuela about the smuggling of copper, coltan and other minerals as 'serious', and therefore the activities of the coastguard will be intensified.

Pechtold says he hopes that after this consultation the ban will be lifted. Another Dutch Member of Parliament, Andre Bosman says the ABC islands and the Netherlands are willing to do their part to counter smuggling.

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