Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela reiterates to the international community its complaint about the use, by the United States, of the colonial territories of Aruba and Curacao in the preparation for a military attack against Venezuela.
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela doubts that the facilities put by the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands at the disposal of U.S. military troops are used to fight drug trafficking.
The violation of Venezuelan air space by U.S. military aircraft coming from the Netherlands Antilles with the recurrent excuse of fighting drug trafficking and the U.S. tradition of using third countries to conduct espionage operations and launch military attacks, among other elements, allow us to unequivocally conclude that the war-like U.S. government, in connivance with the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands, is preparing an attack against the territory and people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Thus, the Venezuelan Government urges the Dutch authorities to honor its commitments to peace and international security, and to refrain from attacking Venezuela or providing any support to this aim.
Finally, the Government of President Hugo Chávez reiterates that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela builds its bilateral relations on foundations such as respect for sovereignty, and non-aggression principles, and aims to strengthen peace and regional and international security. Venezuela expects reciprocity from the Government of the Kingdom of Netherlands.
Caracas, December 30, 2009
Ministry of People's Power for Foreign Affairs / December 31, 2009