The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela firmly rejects the decision of the government of the Federative Republic of Brazil to grant refugee status to the five terrorist who are materially responsible of the assault on the 513rd Mariano Montilla Jungle Infantry Battalion located in Luepa, Gran Sabana in the State of Bolivar, last December 22nd, 2019, where 120 assault rifles and 9 rocket launchers were taken in a violent operation in which a soldier of our Bolivarian National Armed Force lost his life.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela denounces to the international community this unusual decision which confirms the pattern of protection and complicity of satellite governments of the United States to attack peace in Venezuela through mercenaries who have confessed their crimes about which there is a proven conviction of evidence, training, payments, and protection by governments of neighboring countries. It is important to highlight that this group of terrorists confessed through the audiovisual record, public, notorious and communicational, their responsibility and participation in such severe events.
In granting shelter in cases not covered by the relevant international conventions, the Federative Republic of Brazil does not only aggravate the international humanitarian law but also establishes dangerous precedents of protection to peoples who have committed blatant crimes against the peace and stability of other State. The Brazilian government has thus turned into an accomplice of armed activities against neighboring countries and the protector of the criminals and mercenaries who starred in them.
One could ask the political and military authorities of Brazil what their reaction would be if Venezuela were to give legal protection to deserters from its army, escaping from an attack to Brazilian military facilities, perpetrated to create uneasiness in its people. The Venezuelan people are certain that the Brazilian people would never accompany reckless decisions such as those made by the weakened government of Jair Bolsonaro.
All the above indicates that this type of decision by the Brazilian government is part of the illegal and dangerous activation of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), whose purpose is to generate the conditions for military intervention in Venezuela. In this sense, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the face of ample evidence and public confessions of the crimes will insist on demanding the immediate surrender of this group of criminals while denouncing the position demonstrated so far by the Brazilian authorities to the relevant international instances, including before the United Nations Security Council.
December 29th, 2019.