Published On: Tue, Mar 6th, 2018

AIVD: Concerns about unstable Venezuela

Kajsa-OllongrenTHE HAGUE - The unstable situation in Venezuela has a negative effect on the regional security situation and may therefore also have consequences for the stability in Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba.

The General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD) writes this in its annual report 2017 that Minister Kajsa Ollongren of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has sent to the House of Representatives today. “The boundaries of our kingdom reach to the other side of the Atlantic. The islands of St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire are special Dutch municipalities. Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are autonomous countries within our kingdom. The territorial integrity of the Netherlands thus extends to Latin America," according to the annual report.

"The situation in Venezuela is particularly worrying due to the combination of a political and a socio-economic crisis. In the spring and summer, this has led to large-scale protests of the Venezuelan population. The regime has taken an autocratic path. There is a lack of respect for political and humanitarian rights. Venezuela is becoming increasingly isolated internationally.

Criticism is growing from the region. The United States and Canada have issued individual sanctions against Venezuelan officials who are guilty of undermining democracy and human rights violations. The European Union also adopted a sanction package. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans have left the country. It is expected that the negative trends for Venezuela will also continue in 2018," according to the AIVD.

Photo: Minister Kajsa Ollongren

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