Once again the regime of Nicolas Maduro shows its arbitrariness and lack of diplomacy in the handling of international relations. Not only does the government abuse and impose violence within Venezuela, but also where it acts in the same improper manner. Again and repeatedly, it contradicts the norms and fundamental principles of International Law, when “punishes” the “enemy”, this time attacking the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dutch Islands in the Caribbean with which relations have traditionally been maintained cordial and helpful.
The attack focuses on Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao located in the Caribbean Sea, off the Venezuelan coast , that since October 10, 2010 have a special status: Aruba and Curacao enjoy a status of Insular Autonomous State of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Bonaire is an Integral Insular Municipality of this Kingdom as well and is also a member of the overseas countries and territories of the European Union, however the three islands depend politically on the Kingdom of the Netherlands and on their current monarch the King William Alexander of the Netherlands, who is the head of state, represented by General Governors, and the Dutch Government maintains and holds responsibility for foreign relations and the defense of these territories.
In this regard, it is important to mention that these territories depend greatly on trade with Venezuela, since the most important economic activity is based on the agreements between PDVSA and the islands. Here is where a network of refining and regional logistics was established and that has allowed Venezuela to reach international markets, providing important income especially to the islands. This is possible due to the geographical proximity between the islands and the Venezuelan territory.
The blockade imposed by the regime by closing for 72 hours (initially) the maritime and air communications, this as a measure of “restructuring and defense of the economic interests of Venezuela” according to Nicolas Maduro, however, the blockade now extends in a disproportionate way for an additional of 72 hours as a mechanism to exert pressure while demanding a high-level meeting with the representatives of Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire. This situation is inconceivable, unproductive, but above all, illegal since the break in the commercial ties with Venezuela would damage the economies of the islands that depend to a large extent on the agreements with PDVSA.
The regime is transgressing a fundamental principle of International Relations, by flagrantly violating the ties between the two countries: the Kingdom of the Netherlands, (which involves its Autonomous States and a Comprehensive Insular Municipality) and Venezuela, in addition to altering the International order when it violates the principle of good neighborliness that is imposed on peaceful relations and cooperation among nations.
Regrettably, the issue goes under the table, facing the catastrophic crisis that the country is going through in all areas of the daily life of the population: health, nutrition, education, having to face shortages, uncertainty and insecurity in all its edges. However, in the coming days this regime will be joined by another problem that it will have to face: this event will lead to the cessation of commercial trade in the refining of hydrocarbons, aggravating the supply of gasoline throughout Venezuela; there is no doubt, this is a serious and erroneous position, like so many others of the Venezuelan dictatorial regime, that affects the International Relations of Venezuela, or rather, of the Maduro regime.