Maduro Says Several Army Officers Detained on Suspicion of Plotting Coup

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Several officers of the Venezuelan armed forces have been detained on suspicion of conspiring a coup attempt and plotting to thwart the presidential election while being funded by the Colombian government and the US embassy, President Nicolas Maduro said.

"Having faced charges, they pleaded guilty to having sold themselves to traitors who paid them from Colombia in dollars to make them betray dignity, morals, and loyalty of our armed forces," Maduro was quoted by the Noticias Venezuela news portal as saying during his swearing-in ceremony as president on Thursday.

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According to Maduro, those detained confessed that they had been seeking to disrupt the presidential election and received money from the US embassy.

The president added that the suspects had been financed by both the US Embassy and the Colombian government, who had been allegedly acting in conjunction.

On Sunday, Venezuela held its presidential election, with four candidates running. According to the National Electoral Council, Maduro was re-elected as Venezuelan president for his second term, having secured 68 percent of votes, with slightly over 46 percent voter turnout.

Following the announcement of the election’s results, a number of countries, such as the United States, Argentina, Spain, Germany, and the United Kingdom characterized the vote as either unfair or illegitimate, questioning the transparent and inclusive nature of the electoral process.

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Raul Castro and Cuban President Congratulate Nicolas Maduro

Cuban leader Raul Castro and President Miguel Díaz-Canel congratulated today Venezuela''s newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro on his victory in Sunday''s presidential elections.

In his message, the first secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba sent warm congratulations and stressed that 'the Venezuelan people have once again shown their loyalty and commitment to the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution'.

For his part, Diaz-Canel reaffirmed the solidarity of the Cuban Revolution with the Venezuelan people in the new challenges to face.

'The Bolivarian and Chavista people have once again demonstrated their determination to defend the legacy of Chavez, which you so gracefully represent,' said the Cuban president in his letter to Maduro published on Twitter by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza.

This Sunday,the Venezuelan president received more than six million votes, representing about 68 percent of the vote, a situation which will keep him in office until 2025.

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Diaz-Canel, Castro Congratulate Maduro and Offer Solidarity

The Cuban Government offers solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro's Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Cuban officials, late Sunday, congratulated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on an overwhelming victory in the presidential election, in letters posted on Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza's Twitter page.

El Salvador Congratulates Venezuelan People, Maduro

“The Bolivarian and Chavista community has demonstrated once again it's determination in defending the legacy of Chavez, who you represent worthily,” President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez said in a letter addressed to Maduro.

Diaz-Canel added that the Cuban Government will be supportive and offer solidarity regarding any new challenges faced by Maduro's Government in the new six-year presidential term.

Former President and Cuban Communist Party chief Raul Castro Ruz also congratulated Maduro on victory in the Venezuelan presidential elections.

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Miguel Diaz-Canel, Presidente de los Consejos de Estado y de Ministros de Cuba, felicita al Presidente @NicolasMaduro por su contundente victoria y expresa la solidaridad de la Revolución Cubana para los nuevos desafíos por venir.

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Raúl Castro Ruz, Primer Secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba y líder histórico de la Revolución Cubana, felicita al Presidente @NicolasMaduro por su trascendente victoria electoral.

“With revolutionary pride, I send you, in the name of the Cuban Communist Party as well as my own, the warmest congratulations for your transcendental electoral victory,” Castro wrote to the Venezuelan president.

“The brave Venezuelan people have once again displayed loyalty and commitment to the Bolivarian and Chavista revolution.”

Diaz-Canel, who was recently installed as head of state for the Caribbean island, is the first leader of the island nation in a post-Castro era.

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Venezuela, Cuba Host First Meeting Since Miguel Diaz-Canel Elected President

Maduro has pledged to strengthen the brotherhood between the two countries.

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 Congratulates Cuba, President Díaz-Canel

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.

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Venezuela Gov't: 'Lula's Imprisonment Directed by US Empire'

"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.

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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.

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Eternal Chavez: “America is my homeland”

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 of the 15th ALBA-TCP Summit

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)

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Cuba Supports Venezuela against Economic Attack and Military Threat

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.

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