ALBA Demands an End to U.S. Threats and Pressure Against Venezuela

March 15, 2015

On February 10, Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela issued a joint statement demanding that the U.S. change its current policy and instead engage in constructive dialogue on equal terms with representatives of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Instead of responding positively to repeated demands by peoples and governments throughout the world for normalization of U.S. relations with Venezuela, the Obama administration is responding by labeling Venezuela a “national security threat.” According to Obama on March 9, the U.S. has a right to interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs because their movement constitutes an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

In short, the people of Venezuela remain a major target in the war program of U.S. imperialism.

Below we reprint the February 10 ALBA-TCP statement.

SPECIAL COMMUNIQUÉ OF ALBA-TCP

The peoples and governments of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America- Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA- TCP) express once again their most firm and strongest rejection to the imposition of unilateral measures of the United States government against the people and government of Venezuela.

The member countries of the ALBA- TCP recognize the valuable efforts of the Venezuelan government to improve the diplomatic relations with the United States within the framework of mutual respect reflected in the request made by President Nicolas Maduro to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and its Secretary General Ernesto Samper, so that it can be promoted a process-oriented approach to facilitate a constructive dialogue with the government of the United States.

The implementation of the unilateral sanctions promoted by the government of the United States against Venezuelan officials represents an affront to the democratic will of the Venezuelan peoples expressed in countless electoral processes, and represented in the legitimacy of its political leadership and its institutional framework. Furthermore, this new aggression committed by the government of the United States contradicts the statements of President Barack Obama, on the failure of unilateral measures of economical, financial and political pressures which are characteristics of the imperial history of the United States.

The member countries of the ALBA- TCP strongly reject all kinds of coercive measures against the Venezuelan Government by the United States government, whose clear purpose is to destroy the socio-political transformation process of the Venezuelan society in accordance with its sovereign and democratic principles. These new sanctions against the Venezuelan Government and people, under the name of human rights, hide the real intentions of destabilizing the Bolivarian Government in order to cause its overthrow, or changing its political regime sovereignly chosen by its people.

The member countries of the ALBA-TCP recognize the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as a modern instrument at international level in terms of security and defense of human rights. Furthermore, the aforementioned countries exhort the international community, particularly the Latin American and Caribbean countries, to join in rejection of the interventionist actions of the United States government, which violate the principles of International Law, the sovereignty of the countries and the self determination of the peoples.

Finally, the member countries of ALBA-TCP express their confidence on the great dignity and capacity of resistance of the Venezuelan people and Government and offer their best endeavors to promote a constructive dialogue on equal terms between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the United States of America.