Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2015

Hennis-Plasschaert: Situation is Venezuela not a threat

Dutch ParliamentWILLEMSTAD - Although the Dutch government is concerned about the political tensions in Venezuela, there is no reason for increasing the number of military or defense in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom.

The Dutch Minister of Defense, Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert indicates this in a letter to the Lower House in the Dutch Parliament.

“The economic difficulties which have led to protests and support for President Maduro seems to have diminished. The increasing domestic political tensions in Venezuela are a source of concern. However, it is currently unlikely that this will become a threat to the sovereignty and / or territorial integrity of the Kingdom,” said Hennis-Plasschaert.

The Dutch government is keeping an eye on the situation and will respond appropriately if there are reasons to so, but there are no reason to expand the armed forces in the Dutch Caribbean not. Moreover, this would entail additional costs and reduced deployment of Dutch troops elsewhere in the world, said the minister.

There are no agreements on military assistance from the United States, which is monitoring the developments in the South American country.

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