ALBA nations urge US president to repeal executive order against Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela - The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) have asked the United States and President Barack Obama to repeal the executive order issued against Venezuela, describing it as a threat to sovereignty.
During an extraordinary summit of the regional integration bloc, held in Caracas on Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro read the Declaration of Caracas, the final document of the meeting approved by all ALBA member nations.
The ALBA countries reject Washington’s executive order that declares Venezuela a threat to US national security, since they consider it interference with the country’s internal affairs and with the principle of sovereignty and non-intervention, Maduro said.
The ALBA countries ask the United States to abstain from the use of coercive and unilateral steps that damage international law, he added.
The regional bloc also called for dialogue as an alternative to the conflict and confrontation, as the declaration noted, and added that Venezuela does not represent any threat since it is a supportive country that has proven its willingness to cooperate as a guarantee to social peace and stability in the continent, the document stressed.
US harassment and aggression would only encourage violence by some local rightist sectors, according to the declaration, which also denounces the media campaign unleashed against Venezuela with the aim of discrediting the Bolivarian Revolution.
The regional bloc called for a group of facilitators from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to develop a peace diplomacy initiative and called on social, student, farmer, indigenous and women’s movements to take action in support of Caracas.
ALBA will continue to promote unity, integration, solidarity, peaceful coexistence and the construction of a world of peace, Maduro stressed.
At the end of the summit, the bloc also expressed its support to the governments led by Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and to Cristina Fernandez in Argentina, which are facing opposition campaigns.
The Declaration of Caracas noted that Latin America and the Caribbean constitute a zone of peace aimed at achieving the happiness of the people and called for a new diplomacy built from the South.
Prime minister of Grenada, Dr Keith Mitchell, expressed his country’s rejection of the actions undertaken by the United States in declaring Venezuela by an executive order as an "unusual threat” to US national security.
He said during his speech at the ALBA summit that his government views with alarm the deterioration of Venezuela-United States relations and that Venezuela "has the support of Grenada and I would dare to say that it has the support of the whole of CARICOM [the Caribbean Community] in a situation of extreme importance".
Mitchell stressed that, in any situation, dialogue must prevail, as the Latin American and Caribbean nations have expressed.
Cuban President Raul Castro said that the arbitrary, aggressive and groundless executive order issued by Obama against the government of Venezuela, which declared the South American country a threat to US national security, reveals that the United States is capable of sacrificing peace and the course of hemispheric relations in the interest of domination and its domestic policy.
Addressing the ALBA summit on Tuesday, Castro described as unsustainable the idea that a supportive country like Venezuela, which has never invaded or attacked any other nation and that substantially contributes with altruism to the energy security and economic stability of a considerable number of nations of this continent, may represent a threat to the security of the strongest power in history.
"We back the honourable, brave and constructive position of president Nicolas Maduro, who despite the serious threat, has extended his hand to the president of the United States to open a dialogue based on international law and mutual respect that leads to the unconditional repeal of that executive order and to the normalization of relations," Castro noted.
Venezuela is not alone and our region is not the same as 20 years ago, said the Cuban president, who added that "we will not tolerate the violation of sovereignty or the damage of peace with impunity in the region." He stressed that the threats against peace and stability in Venezuela represent a threat against regional stability and peace.
Castro noted that the United States should understand once and for all that it is impossible to seduce or buy Cuba or to intimidate Venezuela.
"Our unity is indestructible," he pointed out.
He said, "We will not yield a bit in the defence of sovereignty and independence nor we tolerate any kind of interference, or conditioning in our internal affairs."
The Cuban head of state also said, "We will never leave our brothers in struggle on their own."
Finally, Castro said that the principles are not negotiable and in order to defend such conviction, Cuba will go to the seventh Summit of the Americas in April to expose its position with firmness, clarity and respect.
“In that meeting, we will strongly reject all attempts to isolate or threaten Venezuela and we will demand the definitive cease of the US blockade of Cuba,” he said.
"We must call on all nations and governments in our Americas to mobilization and be on the alert in defence of Venezuela," Castro said, adding that solidarity constitutes the foundations of unity and regional integration.