News – AU – Venezuelans stranded: Government denies sanctioned repatriation planes

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Venezuelan nationals are waiting in the check-in area of ​​Piarco International Airport after the repatriation flight was stopped yesterday

Numerous Venezuelan nationals were stranded at Piarco International Airport last night after a return flight arriving from Venezuela on T&T was blocked

The plane belonged to Conviasa, a Venezuelan state airline sanctioned by the United States

“What’s the problem? Ninety-seven people are here, people with cancer, the elderly, children. They’ve all sold their things and now people have nowhere to go, ”said one of the few English-speaking members of the group at the airport

The group said they have been in touch with that country’s National Security Ministry for months to return home

“(Minister of National Security) Stuart (Young) says yes, everything is fine. Why use the day the flight to Venezuela was supposed to fly today to say that we cannot fly? “yelled another English-speaking Venezuelan citizen

A Venezuelan citizen is sitting on his luggage at Piarco International Airport, where yesterday he was part of a group of Venezuelans who wanted to take a flight home

A statement from the Ministry of National Security said that the government of Venezuela had applied for repatriation and that the Ministry of National Security had given preliminary approval because the flight was considered a humanitarian effort

The statement said that when the Venezuelan government released the details, it was found that the airline Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronáuticas y Servicios Aéreos (Conviasa) was under a US sanction

“Unfortunately, under these circumstances, the Ministry of National Security was unable to give permission for the aircraft to come to Trinidad and Tobago,” the press release said

However, Venezuelan nationals claim the ministry knew it was a Conviasa flight all along

“The government always said it was a Conviasa flight All flights to Venezuela are Conviasa”

The National Security Department said it had contacted the US Embassy in Port of Spain to “seek advice”

The ministry said it would work with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Caricom Affairs “with a view to the possibility of future repatriation by the Venezuelan government”

A Venezuelan national has claimed that many members of the group gave up their homes and jobs to return home and that some even sold their cell phones to pay for their PCR COVID-19 tests

“I’m on the street now. I’m pregnant with two kids I quit my job and now I don’t know what to do, what will be set up for us “

On 7 In February 2020, the US Treasury Department issued the following sanction statement against Venezuela’s state airline

“The US Treasury Department today announced the Venezuelan state airline Consorcio Venezolano de Industrias Aeronauticas y Servicios Aereos, SEIN (Conviasa) as a sanction under the Government of Venezuela under Executive Order (EÖ) 13884

Today’s action also identifies the Conviasa aircraft fleet as blocked property of the Government of Venezuela under E.Ö 13884 Conviasa and its fleet have been blocked since the issue of E Ö 13884 from 5 August 2019 and today, they were added to OFAC’s list of specially designated nationals to ensure greater compliance with US sanctions

“The illegitimate Maduro regime relies on the Venezuelan state airline Conviasa to transport corrupt regime officials around the world to encourage support for their anti-democratic efforts,” said Secretary Steven T Mnuchin

“The Trump administration will not allow Maduro and its officials to continue stealing the Venezuelan people and misusing state assets to advance their own corrupt and destabilizing activities”

Conviasa is a commercial airline based in Caracas, Venezuela, offering both domestic flights and flights to selected international locations

This measure does not prevent the Venezuelan people from being able to travel as they can continue to travel with various other airlines that are not subject to OFAC sanctions. Rather, this measure is intended to curb abuse of the airline by the Maduro regime

For example, the Maduro regime has ordered Conviasas planes to advance its own political agenda, including the transportation of regime officials to countries like North Korea, Cuba and Iran ”

Venezuelan nationals scheduled to return home yesterday listen to information about their flight that has been canceled

Venezuelan nationals wait their waiting time in the check-in area of ​​Piarco International Airport, where they should take the return flight home yesterday

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