ORANJESTAD – Today a meeting took place in Aruba between the countries Aruba, Curaçao, the Netherlands and Venezuela to find a solution to the measures unilaterally imposed by the South American country. After this travel and trade ban, several Dutch citizens from Aruba and Curaçao remained in Venezuela without being able to return to their country. For this reason it became an urgent topic for the islands to solve.
According to source in Aruba, the meeting was intense but all parties had one objective; to end this embargo.
After the meeting, the Prime Minister of Aruba indicated that the meeting, though intense, was very positive and constructive. It ended in a positive sphere.
“Several topics were discussed which covered all the concerns from the parties present at the meeting. We discussed everything that lead to Venezuela’s decision. We talked about the products that are being smuggled from Venezuela to our islands. We also agreed on rules and regulations that apply to import and export for our countries,” said Prime Minister Evelyn Wever-Croes.
The Prime Minister also indicated that the topic of stranded passengers in Venezuela was a top priority and the parties agreed that these citizens should be able to return to the islands as soon as possible.
All parties must now review and discuss a draft resolution with their respective government and parliament. This resolution must be signed before Venezuela considers lifting the ban.