the regime of Nicolas Maduro began this Tuesday the removal of the containers that their own collaborators put 4 years ago in the middle of the Tienditas International Bridgethat connects Venezuela with Colombia, to prevent the delivery of humanitarian aid by the United States and other countries prohibit movement between both countries due to bilateral conflicts with the then Colombian president Gustavo Duke.
The work was built by both nations in 2016 with an investment of 32 million dollarsbut it was never put into service and in February 2019, amid tensions with the Colombian government, the Madurista dictatorship placed several containers on top of the structure to block the way.
However, the operators of Ministry of Transportation of Venezuela They began this Tuesday to cut the rods that hold the containers to the railing of the bridge, which is expected to be inaugurated this Thursday, although it is not yet clear if it will be enabled for the transit of people or heavy load.
The reestablishment of relations between the two countries, which took place last August, and the reopening of other border crossings, which took place on September 26, have allowed the passage of cargo vehicles through international bridges Simon Bolivar and Francisco de Paula Santander but traffic has not fully normalized.
The Simón Bolívar bridge connects the town of rosary villagein the metropolitan area of Cúcuta (Colombia), with San Antonio del Táchira (Venezuela), while the Francisco de Paula Santander connects Cúcuta with Ureña (Venezuela).
Last Monday, the Chavista regime announced that as of January 1, 2023 The border with Colombia will be opened to allow the passage of private vehicles between both nations, something that had not happened since 2015, despite the fact that the first step in this direction was taken last September.
“I can announce that we are going to be completely opening the border, from all of western Venezuela with Colombia for the passage of vehicles, motorcycles, trucks, cars, everything,” Maduro said, adding that it is a “new year gift” for the people of the edge.
According to Maduro, “everything is being prepared to fulfill what we announced, to fulfill the word given to the president.” gustavo petro”.
While Venezuela and Colombia are advancing, albeit slowly, in the full reestablishment of economic and commercial relations, the Venezuelan opposition deputy Jose Gregorio Correa proposed to establish traffic controls in the border crossings.
“We agree that there is free transit, but with controls. It should not be an open-ended relationship, but framed within a legislation that allows Venezuelans to have, from a commercial point of view, competitiveness and profits, and that we do not have to compete at a disadvantage, ”he said in a statement. , in whom he also celebrated the decision of a “total opening” of the border.
Correa stressed the need to take care of “order” and establish “regulations” for the reactivation of the passage of private vehicles, which have not been able to transit through these crossings since August 2015.
(With information from EFE)
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