The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, denounced this Thursday that groups “terrorists, armed, drug traffickers of Colombia”, which he called “Tancol”, are infiltrating the territory to threaten “peace and security” of Venezuela.
“Those Tancol groups have been infiltrating Venezuelan territory, that is why I alert the entire military force of Venezuela, the military leaders, all the intelligence of the country to declare war on the Tancol, go for them and get them out of the country.” expressed the president in an act for the 16th anniversary of the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (Ceofanb).
Maduro said, without showing any evidence, that these groups can be made up of between 20 and 100 people, trained and financed by Colombia, “they put them at the border to decimate internal security, to attack the people, to traffic Colombian cocaine and to prepare for attacks (with) military, police, political objectives ”.
“That is why we have been preparing a plan, once all the Tancol have been identified, to continue our efforts to remove them from the national territory,” he said.
On September 21, the Minister of Defense of Venezuela, Vladimir Padrino López, denounced that the Colombian Air Force (FAC) violated the country’s airspace at 4:48 p.m. local time (8:48 GMT), with a Hermes-type drone.
“The hasty aircraft was detected by the exploration systems of our Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command, flying over the territory of the Jesús María Semprúm municipality, in the state of Zulia,” Padrino said in a statement shared on the Twitter account of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces ( FANB).
The FAC acknowledged a day later that one of its drones flew over the northeast border, but that in no case did it enter Venezuelan airspace.
Later, on Sunday, the Government of Colombia denounced that an unmanned Venezuelan aircraft made an unauthorized incursion into its territory on Saturday in the border department of Arauca and rejected “this new act of violation of national sovereignty,” but Venezuela also dismissed this complaint.
Padrino López asked the Colombian authorities to be serious and asserted that “they are looking very bad” with this complaint, which he compared to a fictional film.
Venezuela alleged that there are indications of a “stratagem of the North American empire” and of Colombia, “to build some of their well-known false positives or any type of incident that allows them to continue generating instability and, in a particular way, torpedo the dialogue process.”