After being closed for several months .. Maduro directs the reopening of the border with Colombia
June 8, 2019 - 8:47 AM
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has reopened the border with Colombia in the western state of Tachira after a closure that took several months.
"In the exercise of our sovereignty we ordered the opening of border crossings with Colombia in the state of Tachira from Saturday," Maduro wrote through Twitter.
Venezuelan authorities closed the border with Colombia on Feb. 23, two days after the closure of the border with Brazil, in anticipation of the opposition's attempt to bring in tons of food and medical aid provided by the United States and other countries supported by the opposition led by Speaker Juan Guaido in its conflict with Maduro.
Following Caracas's decision to close three bridges linking Venezuela to the Colombian border areas, where most humanitarian aid is congested and convoys blocked, violent clashes broke out between security forces and demonstrators, killing at least two people and injuring 300.
The authorities justified the closure of the border that the introduction of aid bypassing official national or international channels is a violation of the sovereignty of the country, and stressed the need to coordinate humanitarian operations with the government and the use of the channels of the United Nations recognized.
The Venezuelan authorities reopened the border with Colombia in part in mid-March, in front of students and medical cases.
According to the United Nations, more than 3 million Venezuelans have left their country to escape the crippling economic crisis. Colombia has received 1.3 million Venezuelan refugees and has sought international assistance to counter this human influx.