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Venezuela Suspends -and Brings Back- Flights to Netherlands Antilles

Categories: Latin America, Venezuela, Citizen Media, Politics, Travel

On Friday June 25, 2015, Venezuela government announced the suspension [1] of all flights between Venezuela and the Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Curazao, Bonaire, Saint Marteen and other islands).

According to Venezuelan newspaper El Universal, the action would be a consequence [2] of the detention of Venezuelan Army general Hugo Carvajal –former director of intelligence between 2004 and 2009– by request of the American government, due to Carvajal's alleged ties with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known as FARC) and with drug trafficking. Carvajal was appointed as consul in Aruba, but he didn't have the blessing of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, that is in charge of Aruba's foreign affairs.

Note: later, the decision was revoked [3], and flights between the two countries were resumed.