Us Accuses Venezuelan Officials of Aiding Farc
The u. s. has accused four top Venezuelan officials of supporting the drug trafficking operations of Colombia’s main rebel group.
The U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday the four allies of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez supplied arms, coaching and security for Colombia’s Revolutionary military of Colombia (FARC), but provided no details.
It barred Americans from doing business with Army General Oliver Alcala Cordones, intelligence official Ramon Isidro Madriz Moreno, Amilcar Figueroa, a outstanding member of the ruling Socialist party and Chavez ally, Congressman Freddy Bernal.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro called the U.S. actions “abusive.”
The Treasury Department says it’ll still target FARC activities in Venezuela.
The U.S. has been essential of Venezuela for not taking steps to disrupt drug trafficking across the border it shares with Colombia, making tensions with President Chavez.
Tensions between the u. s. additionally the} Socialist leader also surfaced last August when Mr. Chavez rejected the United States’ nominee for ambassador to Caracas, Larry Palmer.
He was accused of constructing disparaging remarks about the Venezuelan government.
The U.S. responded by revoking the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador.