ALBA de­fends Venezuela and calls for unity of Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Coun­tries from ALBA, for­merly the Bo­li­var­ian Al­liance for the Peo­ples of Our Amer­ica, have re­it­er­ated their sup­port for the Venezue­lan gov­ern­ment at the “Sixth Ex­tra­or­di­nary Meet­ing of the Po­lit­i­cal Coun­cil” in Cara­cas. The coun­tries ex­pressed their sol­i­dar­ity in a public dec­la­ra­tion in which they con­grat­u­lated Venezuela on the Con­stituent As­sem­bly and re­jected mount­ing in­ter­na­tional at­tacks against the coun­try.

“We re­it­er­ate that the uni­lat­eral eco­nomic sanc­tions im­posed against the Venezue­lan peo­ple are a fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law and hu­man rights, as well as an un­ac­cept­able in­ter­ven­tion­ist im­ple­men­ta­tion, whose only pur­pose is to di­rectly hin­der the Bo­li­var­ian peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Venezuela in or­der to change the regime,” the dec­la­ra­tion stated.

ALBA’s Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral David Cho­que­huanca said the dec­la­ra­tion rep­re­sents the wishes of the peo­ple of Latin Amer­ica who want “peace and sol­i­dar­ity”.

“Our peo­ple seek har­mony, in­te­gra­tion and here we have a dec­la­ra­tion of to­tal un­con­di­tional sup­port to Venezuela’s democ­racy to its demo­crat­i­cally-elected pres­i­dent and to the peo­ple who have been valiantly de­fend­ing their rights and sovereignty,” he said.

Dur­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the event, Venezue­lan Pres­i­dent Ni­colás Maduro stated, “A re­gional di­a­logue is needed and I pro­pose to ALBA and the pow­er­ful lead­ers of the coun­tries present that we ini­ti­ate, with your ini­tia­tive, a di­a­logue with the gov­ern­ments of Mex­ico, Peru, Ar­gentina, Chile and Paraguay, and as a sin­gle point, to re­store the rules of re­spect for in­ter­na­tional law and the es­tab­lished and ef­fec­tive prin­ci­ples of the found­ing char­ter of our com­mu­nity of states of Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean.”

Maduro said he is ready to re­ceive a com­mis­sion sent by CARICOM to fa­cil­i­tate di­a­logue with the op­po­si­tion, as re­cently agreed by the Caribbean in­te­gra­tion body at a sum­mit in Gre­nada.

On the other hand, he re­it­er­ated his re­jec­tion of the in­ter­ven­tion­ist at­tempts per­pe­trated by the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States (OAS), an in­stance that has put pres­sure on the mem­ber coun­tries to ex­e­cute il­le­gal sanc­tions against Venezuela.

“The OAS has failed and will con­tinue to fail in its at­tempt to in­ter­vene in Venezuela and to end the Bo­li­var­ian Revo­lu­tion. They have not been able to do so, nei­ther with Venezuela nor with Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean,” he said.

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