Coca y narcotráfico, la agenda del secretario de los EE.UU

La plaza de la Revolución en La Habana Cuba

La plaza de la Revolución en La Habana Cuba

"Es urgente restaurar el cauce democrático en Venezuela, porque son los ciudadanos los que sufren las consecuencias", dijo el mandatario de Colombia. Sobre esto, Santos recalcó que su administración está dispuesta a brindar la ayuda humanitaria que la situación requiera, pero reconoció que "la dura crisis que afronta el vecino país, fruto de la revolución fracasada del presidente (Nicolás) Maduro, está trayendo enormes repercusiones a Colombia".

"Maduro no aceptará jamás ir a unas elecciones libres y transparentes porque sabe que las pierde".

Dijo que "Colombia ha desempeñado un rol clave en los esfuerzos del hemisferio por restaurar la democracia en Venezuela". Además, aseguró que su país no puede ver "las restricciones a la democracia en Venezuela sin hacer nada".

El gobierno colombiano indicó en un comunicado que "la visita del Secretario de Estado a Colombia adquiere gran significación al otorgarle continuidad a la que hiciera en agosto pasado el Vicepresidente de los Estados Unidos, Mike Pence". Desde que inició su periplo el pasado 1 de febrero, el jefe de la diplomacia estadounidense ha lanzado amenazas contra Venezuela, por ejemplo en Argentina, el pasado domingo anunció que su gobierno y el de Mauricio Macri estudian implementar sanciones petroleras contra Venezuela para "presionar" al gobierno del presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro.

Sergio Gómez Maseri, destacó en su publicación en el diario El Tiempo, que durante la visita de Tillerson se espera también que el gobierno colombiano busque apoyo de EE.UU. para ingresar a la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE) y que se den los retoques finales para el diálogo de alto nivel entre los dos países previsto para marzo en Cartagena. "Reconocemos que esto es un peso para Colombia", afirmó.

"Colombia no se está burlando, no se está riendo de Estados Unidos, todo lo contrario, nosotros estamos convencidos que estamos juntos haciéndole frente a un problema, a un desafío que requiere la colaboración de ambos países", aseguró el Presidente.

Intercambiamos ideas de cómo podemos trabajar con otros países de la región: "Grupo de Lima y la OEA, para restablecer la democracia en Venezuela", subrayó Tillerson.

En ese sentido, también insistió en que antes de tomar medidas en torno a las ventas y el comercio del petróleo es esencial realizar un "monitoreo preciso" sobre su impacto, de forma que haya un "justo balance de lo que necesita la nación venezolana y lo que está siendo utilizado por los dirigentes venezolanos".

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