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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became the first international leader to pay an official state visit to Cuba following the election of Miguel Diaz-Canel to the office of president.
Maduro, who arrived in Havana Friday, has pledged to strengthen the brotherhood between the two countries.
"I am leaving for Cuba to make a working visit, a fellowship visit to give a hug of solidarity, of support, of unity to the new President of the Council of State and Minister of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel. We will meet to visualize the future and above all ratify the union between Cuba and Venezuela," said Maduro before departing to Cuba.
"The aggression against the former Brazilian leader is a continental movement directed by the intelligence services of the United States," the National Assembly said.
Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly (ANC) has approved a resolution demonstrating solidarity with Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and the Brazilian people.
Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez said: "The aggression against the former Brazilian leader is a continental movement directed by the intelligence services of the United States to criminalize social movements against the expansion of the North American empire," Prensa Latina reports.
The head of the Workers' Commission in the ANC, Francisco Torrealba, said: "Working through the continental right-wing United States does not only attack the constitutionality of Venezuela."
The ANC leaders agreed that Lula is being attacked judicially because he represents the progressive option in the Brazilian elections, and his imprisonment is designed to prevent him securing victory at the polls.
During an ordinary session of the ANC, members decided to deliver the resolution to Lula in order to reiterate to Brazilians that Venezuela accompanies them in their struggle for defense of the Constitution and their right to self-determination.
The Brazilian Workers' Party founder was imprisoned this past weekend after Brazil's Supreme Court denied his first habeas corpus plea to remain free while he exhausts his appeals.
Lula was convicted last year on corruption charges in connection with the Operation Car Wash investigation, although he and his lawyers insist he is innocent.
Undisputed leader of the awakening of the new America, unconditional friend of Cuba, Hugo Chavez embodied the aspirations of his people. Hugo Chavez ceased physically to exist five years ago, but his legacy is more alive than ever. President and commander, he did not labour in vain. Beyond subjective appraisals, there is a resounding work, which he tirelessly worked for. It is at everyone’s sight. No matter what exalted theoreticians, the spokespersons of the big hegemonic powers, capitalism propagandists say… the truth is that any president had done so much for Venezuela and the entire America.
He offered millions of his compatriots something that cannot be measured: a notion of dignity. He led them in the attainment of a homeland, which prevails over everything, the attainment of decorum. He woke them up from an almost ancestral lethargy, put in their hands the tools to build a future. He was deeply committed with the well-being of the ever forgotten ones. He was a brilliant leader, who spoke a lot, but did a lot at the same time. His affection, his friendliness and his extraordinary charisma placed him at the head of a renewing wave that changed the rules of the game. But charisma is not enough, as history has repeatedly demonstrated. The Chavez phenomenon was based on strong convictions, a humanist sense of an authentically Christian root, a diaphanous kindheartedness and an honest militancy.
Some of his enemies said that Chavez captivated. Actually, what he used to do was to convince. He spoke to the poor in their language, sympathized with and urged them to fight. Ignoring (or pretending to ignore) the force of facts, his adversaries again and again called him dictator. There’s an irrefutable fact no head of state of the continent underwent so many electoral processes. And always respecting people’s will, the democratic spirit of his people.
Among so many facets of his political itinerary, there remains one of particular importance: his determined Latin Americanist vocation. Hugo Chavez articulated a new vision of unity, which kicks off from the recognition of differences to strengthen the extraordinary collective heritage of our peoples. He was a continental leader. The premise of that integration lies in both solidarity and complementation. His integrationist projects always started from the knowledge of sharing what you had, not what was left over. Petrocaribe, the Bolivarian Alliance for America (ALBA) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) created a solid platform for the very elusive project of Latin American unity. There lies his main legacy, which earned him his great stature as a stateman. Hugo Chavez Frias made Bolivar and Marti’s dreams his own, but he was not happy with being a visionary: he was also a soldier. Five years after his death, our America honors him because America was the homeland for Chavez.
Translated by Jorge Mesa Benjamin / Cubasi Translation Staff
Declaration Approved at the 15th ALBA-TCP Summit in Caracas, March 5th, 2018.
The Heads of States and Government of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Trade Treaty of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) member nations are gathered in Caracas by the inspiration by the ideas of the leader of the Cuban Revolution Fidel Castro Ruz and Commander Hugo Chavez Frias whose thinking and work are embodied in the true ideals of the integration of Latin American and the Caribbean.
We reaffirm the principles of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Peace Zone, signed by the Heads of States and/or Government at the 2nd CELAC Summit held in Havana on January 28th and 29th, 2014.
We demand the strict observance of the Objectives and Principles of the UN Charter and International Law, among others, in the peaceful solution to controversies, the prohibition of the use and threats of force, respect to self-determination, sovereignty, territorial integration and the non-interference in the internal affairs of each nation.
We ratify the validity, of the current context of aggressions against progressive nations in the region, the Declaration of the 14th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the ALBA-TCP on March 5 th 2017.
We reiterate the decision to continue constructing a new just and inclusive, multi-centric and plural-polar international order, in contrast to hegemonic and unilateral tendencies, with strict respect to the people, to institutions elected by them and the cultural diversity that exists in our planet.
We denounce attempts to revive the Monroe Doctrine in addition to military threats and attempts of military coups against the constitutional government of Venezuela.
We highlight the lack of moral authority of third States to offer lessons regarding democracy and human rights to the regional countries and we demand respect to the sovereignty and self-determination of the Venezuelan people.
We reject the intervention policy of the General Secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS) and some countries of that organization against the progressive nations of the region.
We reiterate our commitment with Latin American and Caribbean unity in the search for its own destiny, independence and sovereignty, without interference that affect our peoples and development, we defend our own commitment with the genuine integration and Caribbean processes in entities like CELAC, UNASUR, PETROCARIBE, CARICOM and ALBA-TCP to guarantee sovereignty, independence, equality and self-determination of our peoples.
We express our disagreement with the announcement of a group of countries in the continent, issued on February 13th 2018 in Lima, Peru constituting an interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. We condemn the exclusion of the sister nation of Venezuela and its President Nicolas Maduro Moros to the 8th Summit of the Americas. We consider the Summit to be a meeting point for all States in the continent and a space to express our ideas, reach consensus, debate and dissent regarding our diversity.
We demand respect to the legality to the organization of the Summit of the Americas, in this sense, we demand the right for Venezuela’s participation in the event and we propose to exercise diplomatic and political measures to guarantee our goal.
We urge the international community to abstain in any type of coercive exercises against the political independence and territorial integrity of Venezuela as an incompatible practice of International Law and the UN Charter and contrary to the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Peace Zone.
We reject unilateral coercive measures and sanctions imposed against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela that affects the life and development of the noble people of Venezuela and the enjoyment of their rights.
We reaffirm our firm support to the Constitutional President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros and his Government and democratic process that he leads.
We recognize the inalienable rights of the Venezuelan people to hold and participate in Presidential and Legislative elections on the national, state and municipal levels in compliance with their norms and internal procedures.
We support the efforts of the Venezuelan authorities and people to find their own answers to their political and economic challenges.
We denounce the advances of the political and economic corruption in the region expressed by the growing inequality in the distribution of its resources, social exclusion of the most humble sectors, and the financial influence of a large capital in political campaigns, the capital flight and safe refuge of corrupt politicians to third nations that receive them.
We reaffirm the political commitment in the fight against corruption and compliance to the international commitment in the field, while we call on all the regional nations to continue fighting against corruption and organized transnational crime with the objective of guaranteeing the well-being and development of our peoples.
We reaffirm the need to strengthen CELAC, as a privilege space for political agreement in Our America declared a Peace Zone during the 2 nd CELAC Summit in Havana.
We express our unconditional support of Bolivia in their upcoming exercise as Pro Tempore President of CELAC and UNASUR, as mechanisms of dialog to consolidate integration in our region.
We reiterate the international community’s demand for the unconditional lifting of the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba, whose extraterritoriality affects all States. We also condemn the new measures that reinforce the blockade and the recent unilateral decisions of the US government that affect the Cuban people, US citizens and relations with Cuba.
We highlight the commitment of the Bolivian Government and people in peacefully searching for solutions through International Law, negotiations and successful dialog in their maritime problem that affect regional integration and impedes their development.
We congratulate and greet the Ecuadorean people for their participation in the popular consultation and referendum of February 4th, 2018 in addition to the majority support to President Lenin Moreno which has allowed strengthening democracy.
We reiterate our support to our brothers in the Caribbean, victims of natural disasters and climate change and we will contribute in an active manner to overcome the damages provoked by recent hurricanes. We demand a just and differentiated treatment for the Caribbean States. We reaffirm our solidarity before the so-called “graduation” and the actions of countries outside the region against several Caribbean nations declaring them non-cooperative jurisdictions and we join the demands of compensation for the horrors of slavery and slave trade.
We call on all social and political organizations in the continent to participate in forums and activities of social movements and progressive forces that will be held in 2018.
We defend the unity of the diversity in Our America. We condemn the embarrassing exclusion and intervention.
Unity of our People is not only an ideal of humanity….but an infallible decree of destiny.
“Let us unite and we will be invincible” Simon Bolivar (ACN)
During the 15th Summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP), Cuban President Raul Castro reiterated the support for Venezuela given the economic attack and military threat staged by the United States.
In his speech, Raul Castro said that ALBA-TCP has as strategic task the defense of Venezuela against the neoliberal attack, the interference against national sovereignty and the threats that these actions pose against the peace and security in the region.
Raul rejected attempts to undermine the progress in regional integration, as well as the methods of unconventional warfare used by the United States since 1999, the year in which the Bolivarian Revolution came to power, to defeat Venezuela, 'a country with wealth coveted by the imperial powers'.
Raul also criticized the decision of Donald Trump's Government to renew the executive order declaring Venezuela 'unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and the foreign policy of the United States.'
He denounced the intention of Trump's administration to use the Monroe Doctrine, the most notorious instrument of interventionism by U.S. imperialism in Latin America.
'The threats against peace and stability in Venezuela are also threats to Latin America,' said Raul, who condemned the unilateral measures and interference against the Bolivarian process, seeking to destroy peace and dialogue among Venezuelans and trigger destabilization and hardships to the population in this country.
Raul Castro criticized the actions to exclude President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro from the Summit of the Organization of American States, set for April in Lima, Peru.
He said that the economic attacks and military threats against Venezuela violate the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed at the second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States held in Havana.
He called for strengthening the process of integration among the countries in the region, and reiterated Cuba's support for the legacy of leader of the Bolivarian Revolution Hugo Chavez.
Arreaza said Simon Bolivar was right in 1829, when he said the U.S. wanted to "spread misery in the Americas in the name of freedom.”
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza condemned the interventionist actions of the United States and its European allies in his country's internal affairs Monday during his speech at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“For nearly two decades we've been harassed by interventionist foreign powers, eager to regain control of our oil, gas, gold, diamond, coltan, water and fertile lands,” said Arreaza before quoting Simon Bolivar when he said the United States wanted to “spread misery in Americas in the name of freedom.”
Arreaza said U.S. President Donald Trump has been threatening Venezuela all this time and imposed sanctions against the country in an attempt to topple President Nicolas Maduro and his government. “We can't allow this Human Rights Council to be hijacked by those who only want to make war,” the Venezuelan top diplomat told high level officials during the meeting in Switzerland.
Arreaza pointed to U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson's recent comments in which he openly suggested an overthrow of Venezuela's democratic government and said he wouldn't recognize the outcome of the next elections. Those are only some of the 105 international verbal attacks Venezuela has endured this year, the foreign minister added.
Maduro has called more than 400 times for the opposition to take part in a dialogue to bring peace to the country, but they have been unwilling to do so Arreaza stressed. The opposition also didn't agree to participate in the elections on April 22, a date they themselves proposed.
He further condemned the U.S. Government for making the world believe there's a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela with the intention of carrying out an intervention in the South American country, while highlighting recent comments by U.N. independent expert Alfred de Zayas.
De Zayas said last week there was no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. "Of course there is scarcity, anxiety and shortages but whoever has worked for decades for the United Nations and knows the situation of countries in Asia, Africa and some of America, knows that the situation in Venezuela is not a humanitarian crisis.”
The expert explained that although many think that the country is on the verge of disaster, as media outlets do, "Venezuela suffers an economic war, a financial blockade, suffers a high level of smuggling and, of course, needs international solidarity to solve these problems."
Arreaza also pointed out that “the Venezuelan people have benefited from social plans such as salary increase and the pension system announced by the president.”
He added that “disabled people have been handed scholarships, unemployment has decreased to six percent, more than six million families have benefited by the Supply and Production Local Committee, and two million homes have been delivered.”
“Venezuela ratifies its commitment with the U.N. in defense of human rights because other countries have abused them and violated them,” Arreaza claimed. “Human rights must be sacred and we can't allow them to be violated, because they're crucial in the defense of our humanity.”
Ahead of his speech at the council the foreign minister held a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cuba strongly condemns the pronouncement of a group of countries in the hemisphere issued on February 13 in Lima, which constitutes an unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, while categorically rejects the decision to reconsider the participation of the Venezuelan Government in the eighth Summit of the Americas to be held next April in Peru.
A few days ago the US Secretary of State, during a tour through several countries of the area, declared the full validity of the Monroe doctrine, the most notorious instrument of American imperialist interventionism in our region. He called for a military coup against Venezuela’s constitutional Government and advocated for hardening the sanctions against that country.
The decision taken is not alien to these statements and efforts.
In this context, the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs recalls the arbitrary and aggressive executive order of the United States, renewed in January 2017, which describes Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and exterior policy” of the superpower, and the most recent warnigwarning of President Donald
Trump on using “a possible military option if necessary” against it.
It is unbelievable and incredible that a supposed “unconstitutional rupture of the democratic order” is now used as a pretext, precisely in a country that has held in a few months municipal, regional elections and for a Constituent Assembly and has just called presidential elections, as it was claimed before, even using external interference or by unconstitutional and violent methods.
Cuba denounces this pronouncement and Venezuela´s exclusion from the eighth Summit of the Americas are contrary to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and to the proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by the heads of State and Government of the member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ratifies the invariable solidarity of Cuba with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and with the civic-military Union of its people that constitutional President Nicolas Maduro Moros heads.
The words of the President of the Councils of State and of Ministers Raul Castro Ruz, pronounced on July 14, 2017 are totally up-to-date, when he said,
“The aggression and the coup violence against Venezuela damage all our America and only benefit the interests of those striving to divide us to exercise their domination over our peoples, not minding to generate conflicts of incalculable consequences in this region, as we are witnessing in different parts of the world. Today we warn that those who are trying to overthrow the Bolivarian and Chavez Revolution by unconstitutional, violent and coup routes will assume a serious responsibility before History.”