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Formed the ideological axis Bogotá – Caracas – Havana

It took less than a week for the new Colombian president, Gustavo Petro, to begin his country’s transition to Castrochavism. Denial and dissimulation were in the past. The left was very skilful in downplaying voters’ fear of 21st-century socialism—spawned by Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez—that has spread throughout the region. But once installed in the Casa de Nariño, Petro already established contacts on the same day with Havana and Caracas to form, together with Bogotá, the ideological axis dreamed of by the leader of the Cuban Revolution.

Three totally connected news items were generated this Thursday almost at the same time from the three capitals mentioned. While Nicolás Maduro announced Félix Plasencia as the Venezuelan ambassador in Bogotá, Gustavo Petro appointed Armando Benedetti as the highest diplomatic representative of Colombia in Caracas, and his Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva Durán rejected from Havana the decision of the United States to keep Cuba on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The trusted men of Petro and Maduro

Nothing was casual or improvised. Last Tuesday, Petro admitted that the rapprochements with Maduro had been taking place since before his inauguration. But in a synchronized way they decided to make the announcements this Thursday, while the Colombian Foreign Minister arrived in the Cuban capital together with the High Commissioner for Peace, Danilo Rueda, and Senator Iván Cepeda, with the purpose of resuming talks with the Army narco-guerrilla of National Liberation (ELN).

Additionally, it should be noted that the appointment of ambassadors shows that it goes beyond a simple resumption of diplomatic relations and reopening of borders. Both chose their most trusted men. Félix Plasencia comes from being Maduro’s foreign minister, while Armando Benedetti was not only one of Petro’s greatest allies in Congress during their tenure as senators, but was also his campaign manager on the way to the Presidency.

The pretext of the peace talks in Cuba

Between Bogotá and Caracas there will undoubtedly be constant and close communication that will transcend the diplomatic sphere, but the triangulation with Havana will also be completed under the pretext of peace talks with the ELN. Hence the interest of Petro’s foreign minister, expressed this Thursday, in interceding for Cuba so that Washington excludes the Castro dictatorship from the black list.

“We aspire to resume the dialogues in this land of peace, in order to start the path proposed by President Gustavo Petro,” said Álvaro Leyva Durán to justify his request. It is worth remembering that Leyva Durán’s first trip abroad after his appointment as the new Colombian foreign minister was to Venezuela, where he met with his Chavista counterpart Carlos Faría, as well as with the governor of the state of Táchira, the official Freddy Bernal, in the city of San Cristobal.

The cynicism of the ELN

The ELN’s top commander, Eliécer Herlinto Chamorro, alias ‘Antonio García’, stated in an interview with the CM& newscast, published this week, that the peace negotiations should be resumed at the point where they were stalled and stressed that “who It was broken (the negotiation) by the Government of (Iván) Duque, now the new Government and the Colombian State must be safe from such non-compliance.”

What he did not say was that the talks had been put on hold in 2018 due to the refusal of this narco-guerrilla to release all the hostages and renounce all their criminal activities, as the Duque government demanded. And to finish burying any possibility of dialogue, at the beginning of 2019 the ELN carried out an attack with a car bomb at the General Santander Cadet School in Bogotá, which left 22 dead and 68 wounded. Faced with this macabre fact, the Colombian government at that time asked Cuba to hand over the negotiators who were in Havana, but the communist regime sided with the criminals and, invoking diplomatic protocols, denied extradition.

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José Martí
José Martí
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