57 Countries Express Support to Venezuela at UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

Over 50 countries around the world expressed support for the constitutional government of Venezuela against foreign threats.

During the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday, 57 countries signed an expression of support of respect for the sovereignty and independence of Venezuela.

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“We condemn any action that disturbs peace, tranquility, and democratic stability... and that threatens sovereignty, including the recent threats of a possible foreign military intervention,” the jointly signed document read, that was read by Cuba's ambassador to the Council, Pedro Luis Pedroso.

The nations, among whom are Cuba, China, Bolivia, Russia, Iraq, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Ecuador, Vietnam, South Africa, and Iran, expressed their “support for the constitutional government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, in its commitment to preserve peace and maintain democratic institutions in the country.”

They expressed support for the calls and efforts of President Nicolas Maduro to political dialogue in Venezuela in order to “preserve peace and guarantee the stability of the democratic institutions."

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Also read during the session was a declaration by the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America (ALBA) that echoed the calls for respect of sovereignty and territorial integrity in Venezuela. Presented by the Nicaraguan ambassador, Hernan Estrada, ALBA repudiated the “international media campaign” against Venezuela and condemned the recent threats of the United States President Donald Trump in his address to the United Nations General Assembly.

The Venezuelan representative to the council, Jorge Valero, also spoke, expressing solidarity to those countries who support Venezuela's sovereignty and saying that "peace reigns" in his country due to the democratic National Constituent Assembly.

“Thanks to the National Constituent Assembly, elected through the universal, direct, and secret vote of millions of Venezuelans, peace reigns in Venezuela," he said.

The 36th session of the Human Rights Council is currently taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 11th to the 29th.

The support of ALBA and 57 countries around the world is an affirmation of the international support Venezuela has behind it, in a crucial moment as it has been subject to renewed attacks from the United States and its allied countries in recent weeks.

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Bolivia's President Winds UP Working Visit to Cuba

Bolivia''s President Evo Morales wound up a state visit to Cuba after meeting First Vice President Miguel Diaz Canel, his last activity of his agenda in the island.

In the encounter, Morales was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni, the Cuban Television prime news hour reported.

The Bolivian Head of State was seen off at Havana international airport Jose Marti by Diaz Canel personally. He's flying to Mendoza, Argentina, to attend a Mercosur gathering.

Morales arrived in Cuba on Wednesday evening from Managua, Nicaragua, where he attended celebrations for the 38th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution and took part at the 23rd Meeting of the Sao Paula Forum, in which he reaffirmed his solidarity with Cuba and Venezuela.

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ALBA Countries Meet in Havana

The Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America-Trade Treaty of the People (ALBA-TCP, in Spanish) is holding in Havana Monday its 15th ordinary session as a follow up of the body''s 15th Summit held in Caracas, Venezuela, in March.

The meeting will reportedly help reinforce unity among the member States, its capacity of regional compromise and the Latin American integration process.

ALBA-TCP was created on December 14, 2004, as an alternative to US-proposed Free Trade Area for the Americas that collapsed in 2005.

The regional body is made up of Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Santa Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Granada.

The Foreign Ministers of the participating countries sit at the bloc's Political Council. The are entrusted with advising the Presidential Council on matters such as political strategies and coming up with proposal on international political issues for debate at the summit level.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and his Foreign Minister Delcy Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca arrived ahead of them.

It is expected that the Havana gathering will ratify the final declaration of the Caracas Presidential Summit and reaffirmed the members' compromise with the Peace Zone Declaration agreed upon in 2014 by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

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Fidel, Chavez and the Intergration of ALBA

The combination of two great leaders, Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez has allowed the creation of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), an integrated mechanism with enormous value for the poor and needy, according to Jose Luis Merino, who is a member of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN)'s Political Commission.

Merino who is also one of the founders of a left-wing party in El Salvador, made the comments in an interview with Prensa Latina.

He added that ALBA is a tool which has allowed countries to raise welfare and improve living standards in practically all Latin America.

He also mentioned that millions of people have recovered their sight thanks to Operation Miracle, a program that freely treats patients with eye afflictions.

Operation Miracle began in Cuba and then spread to Latin America, especially Venezuela. There is an eye center in El Salvador where a brigade of Cuban specialists is working. They have carried out about 10,000 operations on cataracts and pterigium in the past year.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People's Trade Treaty or ALBA-TCP emerged in 2004, with an emphasis on the fight against poverty and social exclusion.

It acts as a counterpart to the Free Trade Area of the Americas, promoted by the United States

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Chile Sets Course for Cuba with Delegation Led by Foreign Minister

Chile will set course this week for Cuba with a high-level delegation led by Foreign Minister, Heraldo Munoz, with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties. According to official sources, Muñoz, who was one of the first foreign ministers to applaud the reopening of embassies in Cuba and the United States recently, expressed the Chilean interest to also sound out new business opportunities.

Questioned by Prensa Latina about the possible impact of this event in the ties between Cuba and Chile, the diplomat said then that while nothing changes dramatically, it will help strengthening bilateral relations.

"Our country has always had normal and increasing ties in all areas, but undoubtedly obstacles that will give greater fluidity to trade and investments disappear now," he said.

In this regard, the foreign minister will remain on the Caribbean island from September 2 to 5 accompanied by Andres Rebolledo, director general of International Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Direcon).

About 35 companies and trade organizations will be also part of the delegation that on the side of businessmen is led by Hermann von Mühlenbrock, president of the Society for Industrial Development (Sofofa).

The Chilean diplomacy head told Prensa Latina few weeks ago that before Havana and Washington announced in December the resumption of diplomatic ties, his country had already got closer to Cuba.

Chile sent to Cuba a large delegation boosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for further agreements in November 2014, Muñoz noted.

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President of Panama to Visit Cuba

Panama's head of state, Juan Carlos Varela, announced on Thursday that he will travel to Cuba on September 9 with a delegation of businessmen of his country, with the main objective of boosting trade between the two nations.

According to information provided by the Prensa Latina news agency, the president also informed that another aspect of the visit is the relaxation of visa procedures as well as the change from restricted to stamped visas for Cuban citizens, Radio Reloj reported.
He added that in the reopening of the relations between Cuba and the United States Panama plays an important role, and will cooperate with that ease of migration procedures.

The Panamanian President informed that later he will visit Philadelphia to attend the Congress of Family, and then continue to New York, where he will participate in the 69th ordinary period of sessions of the UN General Assembly.


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CARICOM Leaders Reiterate Solidarity with Cuba

The heads of delegations to the 35th Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), warmly welcomed in Saint John the invitation of the President of the Cuban councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raul Castro, to attend the 5th CARICOM-Cuba Summit to be held in Havana on December 8.

On Friday morning, the island's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bruno Rodriguez, bearer of the invitation, addressed the Caribbean leaders, who expressed their condemnation of the blockade and the inclusion of Cuba in the list of states sponsoring terrorism, and reiterated their solidarity with Cuba in regional and international forums. Likewise, they ratified their gratitude for the historic Cuban cooperation with the Caribbean, the Granma newspaper reported on Saturday.

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