[News] Chávez: Netherlands and U.S. Planning Military Aggression Against Venezuela
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Chávez: Netherlands and U.S. Planning Military
Aggression Against Venezuela from Dutch Antilles
December 19th 2009, by James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com
Mérida, December 18th 2009 (Venezuelanalysis.com)
During a meeting with trade unions, political
organizations, and social movement leaders in
Copenhagen, Denmark on Thursday, Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez accused the Netherlands of
allowing the United States military to plan a
future attack against Venezuela from its island
territories in the Caribbean, known as the Dutch Antilles.
I am accusing the Kingdom of the Netherlands
together with the Yankee empire of preparing a
military aggression against Venezuela, said
Chavez, who came to Copenhagen to participate in
the XV United Nations International Conference on Climate Change this week.
The islands of Aruba and Curacao, both of which
belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have
permitted the installation of United States
military equipment on their soil, placing
Venezuela under the watch of the United States,
Chavez explained. It would be good for Europe to
know that the North American empire is arming
these islands Aruba and Curacao to the teeth,
filling them with war planes, war ships, and CIA spies.
Since the Kingdom of the Netherlands is a member
of the European Union, I would like to see what
the European Union has to say about this, Chavez declared.
In response, a spokesperson for the Netherlands
Foreign Ministry, Bart Reis, called the accusations groundless.
As Venezuela knows, said Reis, the United
States only uses civilian airports and unarmed
planes for the fight against drug trafficking in the Dutch Antilles.
Reis said the Netherlands Foreign Ministry would
seek a meeting with Venezuelan government officials to discuss the issue.
President Chavez emphasized that the U.S.
military presence in the Dutch Antilles, which
are located approximately one hundred kilometers
off the Venezuelan coast, is only part of broader
U.S. strategy to expand its military power in
Latin America in order to crush the socialist
movements and progressive governments that have
been democratically elected in countries across
the region over the past ten years.
Last year, the U.S. military re-activated the
Fourth Naval Fleet of its Southern Command. In
October of this year it signed a military pact to
use seven Colombian military bases as a launching
pad for full spectrum operations across the
South American continent, according to U.S. Air Force budgetary documents.
This new Yankee military deployment that is now
in full scale development threatens not only
Venezuela, but also other countries whose
governments openly support socialism and are
members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the
Americas (ALBA), Chavez said on Thursday. Several
of the nine ALBA member countries, including
Ecuador, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Bolivia, sent
representatives to Thursdays meeting with social
movements in Copenhagen as well.
Shortly after Chavez made his announcements in
Copenhagen, U.S.-Venezuelan lawyer Eva Golinger
testified to the truth of Chavezs accusations on
a nightly Venezuelan talk show.
The U.S. has had a contract with the Dutch
government since 1999 to use air and seaports in
the Dutch Antilles for what the U.S. military
calls advanced operations, said Golinger, who
has used the U.S. Freedom of Information Act many
times to find information on U.S. intervention in Latin America.
Since the creation of the ALBA in 2004, the
re-election of Chavez to a second presidential
term in 2006, and Chavezs increasing advocacy of
21st Century Socialism, the U.S. has placed
more than a hundred warships in Aruba and
Curacao, an increase of 1000%, said Golinger,
holding up newspapers from 2005 and 2006 in
Curacao as evidence of her assertion.
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