The Netherlands should not forget Maduro and his attack on ‘our’ ABC Islands
THE HAGUE - The situation in Venezuela has not been the best in recent years. Food scarcity, an economic and political crisis and great popular uprisings are the problems that the country is currently struggling with.
According to the government of Nicolas Maduro, these problems lie with the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles. According to him, criminals from Curaçao, Bonaire and Aruba with their illegal smuggling ensure that Venezuela is now in crisis.
The ABC Islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao) have traditionally been a trading partner of the South American country. Both in legal and illegal areas, but the crisis in the country also has repercussions on the islands that are faced with a large influx of illegal refugees from Venezuela.
In a legal way, a lot of fuel oil is brought from the oil-rich Venezuela to Curaçao, where it is processed in the refinery on the island. Until recently, the ties between the islands and Venezuela were very close in economic terms.
Not in all respects does it bump between the islands and Venezuela, which is only a few dozen kilometers away. The predecessor of Maduro - Hugo Chavez, a fierce 'anti-imperialist' - did not hide his opinion about the islands. According to his socialist way of thinking, the islands had to be 'liberated from colonialism', and belonged to Venezuela within 200 nautical miles (360 kilometers) from the Venezuelan coast.