Colombian Navy Rescues Citizens from Venezuelan Guard

The Colombian Navy is allowed to report that last Tuesday, August 24, on the Río Negro, which delimits the department of Guanía in Colombia with the state of Amazonas, Venezuela, an outrage was registered against Colombian citizens who made use of the right to freedom navigation through said river, by members of the Venezuelan Guard, in an alleged exercise of control over the Colombian shore.

The units of the Marine Infantry Brigade No.5 of the Colombian Navy, which were carrying out river control operations in the area, received information about the presence of uniformed personnel from Venezuela who intended to retain the vessel named “El Guaniano”.

Immediately, the fluvial unit of the Navy moved to the place, finding the boat that was transporting several Colombian citizens and merchandise, attached to the Colombian shore and on board two members of the Venezuelan Guard.

The Colombian military personnel invited the Venezuelan military to disembark from the boat and withdraw, guaranteeing sovereignty and protecting the Colombian citizens who were on board. All of the above in full adherence to the limit agreements and free navigability of common rivers, in force between the two countries.

After a few minutes, the Venezuelan Guard personnel returned to their country and the Colombian Navy unit escorted the vessel “El Guaniano” to its destination.

The Colombian Navy submitted a report to the Colombian Foreign Ministry, making known the border incident.

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