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ALBA countries condemn attacks against Libya and propose peace initiative

Posted by seumasach on September 13, 2011


13th September, 2011

The Foreign Ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) condemned the attacks on Libya and demanded the immediate and unconditional termination of NATO bombings and intervention in Libyan territory.

In an official declaration presented at the conclusion of the Sixth ALBA-TCP Political Council meeting held last Thursday in Caracas, member countries also criticized the deplorable role of international media outlets in distorting the reality of the situation, and called for a peaceful solution to the conflict. The declaration — signed by Foreign Ministers and representatives from the eight ALBA member countries — was read by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The ALBA Foreign Ministers met to discuss the illegal military attacks on Libya and came up with a series of actions to bring to the upcoming United Nations General Assembly, including a proposal for an investigation into the use of frozen Libyan funds.

The ALBA block condemned the attacks on Libya and solidified a joint stance in regards to Syria, agreeing to send a commission of Foreign Ministers to Damascus to learn firsthand about the current situation.

Participants at the Sixth ALBA Political Council criticized the attacks on Libya undertaken with the backing of a UN resolution and “taking advantage of the country’s internal conflict.”

“NATO has carried out a military operation of regime change in Libya under the doctrine of preventative war, manipulating the UN in favor of its economic and geopolitical interests and in violation of Resolution 1973 of the Security Council,” states the document.

The ALBA Foreign Ministers agreed to promote discussion in the United Nations General Assembly “about the dangerous precedent that has been set in Libya” and demanded that it does not become “a protectorate of NATO or the UN Security Council.”

In addition, ALBA member countries will propose to the UN General Assembly that a working group be formed “to investigate and monitor the use of frozen funds of Libyan financial reserves” and that a investigation take place to probe the crimes committed in Libya by NATO.

ALBA will request from UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon “total transparency and accountability” regarding members’ actions in Libya and Syria and a special meeting.

Regarding Syria, ALBA nations will send a high-level commission to Damascus that, if accepted, will report on the situation to Latin American and Caribbean countries and will foster a debate among the Non-Aligned Movement of Countries on the dangers facing this country.

President Chavez said that the events unleashed in Libya for oil “has only just begun,” and that the coup also represents a coup against Africa. He added that the Libyans “will know what to do to fight for their freedom and sovereignty.”

Chavez said that UNASUR represents the amour plating for South America and that together with the ALBA, the people and governments will unite to form a common stand against the “imperial madness” and to build a region of peace and democracy. “The light that the world is waiting for will come out of here. The epicenter of new world is in the ALBA,” said Chavez.

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) is an international cooperation mechanism based upon the idea of social, political, and economic integration between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The ALBA was launched in Havana, Cuba in 2005 within the framework of the Hemispheric Social Alliance. ALBA challenges the hegemony of neoliberal integration and provides an alternative to the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). ALBA is a form of integration to achieve development build on the cornerstone of the fight against poverty and exclusion, through social reform.

The agreement was initially proposed by the government of Venezuela, led by Hugo Chávez, as an alternative to the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) proposed by the United States. The adjective Bolivarian refers to Simón Bolívar, after whom Bolivia is named and who is revered as a hero in Latin America for his leadership of independence movements against Spanish colonial power.

The Cuba-Venezuela Agreement was signed on December 14, 2004 by Presidents Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro.  The current member nations are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela.

The Bolivarian ALBA Peoples Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) is an integration platform for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean that prioritizes solidarity, complementarity, justice and cooperation. The objective of the treaty is to integrate and unite the capacities and strengths of the member countries to bring about structural transformations and a network of alliances to achieve the comprehensive development required to carry on as sovereign and just nations. The ALBA-TCP is a political, economic, and social alliance in defense of the independence, self-determination and identity of member countries.

For the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean integration is a cornerstone for development in a world where large regional blocs occupying predominant positions in the world economy continue to expand.

The cardinal principle that governs the ALBA is full and genuine solidarity between the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, as upheld by Bolivar, Martí, Sucre, O’Higgins, St Martin, Nobleman, Petion, Morazán, Sandino and so many other national heroes, without selfish nationalism or restrictive national policies that reject the objective of constructing a ginat homeland in Latin America.

ALBA is not based on commercial, self serving interests related to business profits or national benefit to the detriment of other peoples. The current member countries of the ALBA-TCP are: Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Commonwealth of Dominica, Antigua and Barbuda, Ecuador, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The meeting also produced a Work Plan to implement the peace initiative that calls for the participation of other international organizations and will be presented to the international community during the upcoming UN General Assembly.

Along with the declaration regarding Libya and Syria, the ALBA Foreign Ministers approved a declaration read by Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez acknowledging the Palestinian State and people. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca read a communiqué supporting the Venezuelan government and condemning a recent sanction imposed by the US Treasury Department against four Venezuelan officials.

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