The government of Nicolás Maduro announced on Saturday that it had activated the “diplomatic procedures” to request Brazil to hand over five Venezuelan military detained in the state of Roraima, accused of robbing a military barracks.
“The necessary diplomatic procedures have already been activated to request and facilitate the handover of this group of citizens involved in such serious events,” the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
“Venezuela aspires to have greater collaboration from the authorities of the Federative Republic of Brazil, due to the cooperation that should prevail between countries in the fight against terrorism and the threats to social peace,” the statement said.
On Thursday, the Brazilian army detained five Venezuelan military personnel in an indigenous reserve in the state of Roraima, which borders Venezuela, “having begun to question them as to why they were there,” they said on Friday. Monday, in a joint statement, the Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs.
The joint note states that “the military was unarmed” but does not clarify whether they were arrested.
The Venezuelan Government has stated that the military is a “defector” of the Armed Forces and is responsible for the December 22 attack on a military facility in Gran Sabana that ended with the death of an officer and the theft of 120 assault rifles. and nine grenade launchers.
The Government of Maduro this week accused Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador of “facilitating the movement and training” of this military group.
The Brazilian Government, led by Jair Bolsonaro, accuses Nicolás Maduro of being responsible for the political and economic crisis in Venezuela, evidenced by the cyclical scarcity, hyperinflation and the exodus of the population that the United Nations (UN) estimates in more than four million. of people.
According to official data, more than 220,000 Venezuelans currently reside in Brazil and about 500 enter the country every day, mostly through the state of Roraima.