Some 1900 Colombian guerrillas operating from Venezuela, says Colombia military chief

Colombian guerrillas operating from Venezuela by Noticias de NE

About 1,900 fighters belonging to Colombian rebel and #crimegroups are operating from Venezuela, where they plan attacks and participate in drug trafficking, the commander of Colombia’s armed forces said. Go:

The Colombian government has long said Venezuela’s leadership grants safe harbor to Colombian #armedgroups, allowing trafficking of #cocaine in exchange for a cut of the profits. But it is the first time the military has given a figure for the number it believes are operating from the neighboring country.

Venezuelan President #NicolasMaduro has denied that #Venezuela has provided safe harbor for drug traffickers. But he has expressed sympathy for rebels’ leftist ideology and openly welcomed some guerrilla leaders. Around half of the 2,350 known combatants from the National Liberation Army ( #ELN) rebel group are in Venezuela, along with about a third of the 2,400 fighters who belong to dissident groups of former #FARC guerrillas who reject a 2016 peace deal, General Luis Fernando Navarro told Reuters late on Wednesday.

“In total in the (Venezuelan) states of Zulia, Tachira, Apure and Amazonas, we calculate there could be between 1,100 and 1,200 criminals from the ELN and some 700 from the FARC dissidents,” Navarro said. “It’s a factor of instability that the strategic rearguard of these structures is in Venezuelan border states. This obviously makes it difficult to combat them,” said Navarro, accusing the Venezuelan armed forces of not pursuing the groups.

The Venezuelan government did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story

Colombia’s internal conflict has stretched for nearly 60 years and led to more than 260,000 deaths. Though the demobilization of some 13,000 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) under the 2016 accord lead to a reduction in violence, some areas have seen renewed fighting as dissidents, the ELN and crime gangs descended from right-wing paramilitaries battle for territory.

The violence often crosses the border. In Venezuela’s northwestern Zulia state, a local government and a major employer were paying villagers including children to staff narcotics operations, extortion rackets and illegal gold mines, a Reuters report found earlier this year. Source Reuters

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