Andrés Pastrana sends a harsh message against President Petro and Nicolás Maduro for a surprise meeting in Caracas
The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, met with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro in an impromptu meeting in Caracas days after the total reopening of the border between the two countries and the failed announcement of a truce with the ELN.
The meeting between the two leaders lasted for about three hours at the Miraflores presidential palace, where Maduro received Petro without military honors. Only one truck arrived in front of the so-called Golden Gate, where they greeted each other with a handshake.
The reactions to that meeting did not wait, starting with the former president of Colombia Andrés Pastrana Arango, who through his Twitter account issued a harsh message against both leaders.
The former Colombian head of state assured that after the surprise visit of the current Colombian president to Caracas “the trojan horse of Colombian drug trafficking He ended up becoming the ambassador of President Nicolás Maduro”.
This is not the first time that Pastrana questions both leaders, after Luis Felipe Henao’s complaints about an alleged infiltration attempt by the Venezuelan dictatorship within the campaign of Federico Gutiérrez, former president Andrés Pastrana He pointed directly to Gustavo Petro and questioned him about the possible presence of Nicolás Maduro within his convergence.
A few days ago, the bilateral ceasefire with criminal structures generated controversy and the reaction of the former president did not wait, who took the opportunity to refer to the capture of Ovidio Guzmán, son of Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán, leader of the Sinaloa cartel.
“Ovidio Guzmán made a tactical error in not taking refuge in Colombia, where he has his large investments, under the ceasefire for six months of Gustavo Petro to his drug-trafficking buddies”trilled the former president criticizing the president of Colombia Gustavo Petro.
At the beginning of 2023, former President Andrés Pastrana joined those who reacted to the list of secret files declassified by Twitter on January 3, since would prove that the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, received a boost from Russia on this social network while he was campaigning, specifically from 2021.
Pastrana, who on more than one occasion has questioned President Gustavo Petro for his speeches, such as the one he gave in his first speech at the UN General Assembly, He claimed that he stole the elections in May and June 2022. He even pointed to registrar Alexander Vega.
The former president also trilled the following, after President Petro asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) “apply the American Convention on Human Rights and issue precautionary measures in favor of the president of Peru, Pedro Castillo.”
Pastrana strongly criticized the pronouncement of the Head of State, explaining that the rights of Peruvian democracy take precedence over the political rights of Pedro Castillo.
Former President Andrés Pastrana was enraged with the President and exploded without measuring the consequences: “Petro is an appendage of drug trafficking”
On December 16, 2022, from the municipality of El Tarra, Norte de Santander, the Colombian president, Gustavo Petro, announced that he will continue to allow coca leaf cultivation as long as the substitution policy works and is achieved. move, definitively, to a legal harvest option.
The announcement triggered criticism among the opposition. Even, the former president of the Republic, Andrés Pastrana, joined the rain of comments and, through his Twitter account, attacked the head of state.
“It was clear from the campaign: Petro is an appendage of drug trafficking,” Pastrana trilled while sharing a publication from WEEK regarding the topic in question.
Gustavo Petro and Andrés Pastrana have shown that they are on different shores when addressing social, economic and political issues. In recent days, for example, the former president also announced his rejection of the president’s pronouncements in support of the dismissed Pedro Castillo of Peru.
Once the outcome of the political novel was known, Petro, through his Twitter account, asked the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) “to apply the American Convention on Human Rights and issue precautionary measures in favor of the president of Peru Peter Castillo. He has violated the right to elect and be elected and to have an independent judging court”.
But Pastrana strongly criticized him. explaining that the rights of Peruvian democracy are prevalent over the political rights of Pedro Castillo.
“President Petro, the American Convention on Human Rights is here to protect human rights and democracy, not to defend coup leaders and leftist dictators,” he trilled at the time.
Former President Andrés Pastrana describes Petro’s talks with the ELN as “entrapment”
The former president and leader of the Conservative Party, Andrés Pastrana, spoke this Monday from his personal Twitter account against the process that has been brewing since the president’s government Gustavo Petro for the talks with the illegal armed group ELN, within the framework of the famous ‘total peace’, and left no doubts about his concerns in this regard.
In the trill, Pastrana described these dialogues as “entrapment”, apparently considering them a trap to cling to power through a constituent, which would be the only one with the power to repeal the prohibition that prevents a president from being re-elected, just as former presidents Álvaro Uribe and Juan Manuel Santos did.
“Petro’s process with the ELN sounds like a trap to put together a constituent assembly and screw himself into power,” said Andrés Pastrana.
Since the campaign there was fear on the part of some sectors of the country, that in some way the candidate who arrived at the Casa de Nariño would try to “screw” himself into power, as the conservative leader mentions.
However, although President Gustavo Petro has publicly said that he does not intend to be re-electedhe did clarify that the period necessary to bring about the change would take a few more years, which makes some think about the decisions that will be made on the subject, just as the former president is doing now.
With information from AFP*