ALBA condemns US decree against Venezuela

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / March 10, 2016. The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Treaty of the People (ALBA-TCP), protested on Thursday through a statement against the extension of the US decree against Venezuela.

“Governments and peoples of the ALBA-TCP strongly reject the decision to extend for one more year the Executive Order 13692, dated March 8, 2015, by which Venezuela is declared as ‘an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and US foreign policy’”, reads the document.

“This decree is part of the escalation of aggression against Venezuela and of the unconventional war that the country is being subjected to, and insults the Venezuelan people and the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean by qualifying as a threat this country that has held union, peace and solidarity as its standards throughout its history”, it adds.

“It’s not Venezuela who is bombarding defenseless people, nor financially strangling nations that do not fulfill their plans, nor refusing to welcome refugees from war, there is no way in which the government and the people of Venezuela could be classified as a threat, let alone, by the most powerful empire that the history of humanity has known”, condemns the statement.

With this statement, the ALBA-TCP joins other multilateral bodies, such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which have sent their statements of rejection on March 6 and 9, respectively.

Meanwhile, in Venezuela, the Foreign Ministry issued a diplomatic note protesting the extension of the decree and announced a comprehensive review of relations between the two countries.

President Nicolas Maduro described the measure as an open war waged against the socialist process and assured that this comes from a nation well used to invade, plunder and murder unceremoniously.

Yesterday, personalities of Venezuelan intellectual world gathered in Caracas, convened by the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity, to sign a document condemning the act and in support of the Venezuelan government.

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