Venezuela condemns TAP Portugal airline irregularities on flight TP173 dated February 11 2020

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela condemnsthe serious irregularities committed by the airline TAP of Portugal, in the flight TP173 on February 11th, 2020; which contravene the security provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Firstly, on that flight the boarding of Deputy Juan Guaidó on the aircraft was facilitated, using a false identity, in a clear disregard to the directives on passenger identification of the ICAO.

Likewise, the Venezuelan authorities were able identify that another passengeron the same flight, a family member and companion of the aforementioned deputy, carried prohibited material and substances of an explosive nature, in an even more severe violation to aviation security norms.

Therefore, Venezuela demands to the Portuguese authorities to provide the relevant explanations and the open a rigorous investigation into these events, since both situations could only be developed with the consent of the police authorities of that country. Thereupon, Venezuela objects to and considers as light and unsubstantial the statements of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Portuguese Republic, Augusto Santos Silva, in seeking to minimize the severe situation and in ignoring the risks to the safety of the passengers and to the peace of the Venezuelan people.

Caracas, February 14th, 2020


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