Declaration of the XVII Regular Meeting of the ALBA Political Council

The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Treaty of Trade of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP) issued a declaration reiterating its commitment to the unity of the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean through political coordination and integration.

Below is a statement signed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Heads of Delegation of the member countries that attended the meeting that took place in the city of Managua, Nicaragua.

DECLARATION OF THE XVII MEETING OF THE POLITICAL COUNCIL OF ALBA-TCP
MANAGUA, NOVEMBER 08, 2018
Towards the 15th anniversary of the Alliance Foundation

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and the Heads of Delegation of the member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Treaty of Trade of the Peoples (ALBA-TCP), meeting in Managua, on the occasion of its XVII Political Council :

We reiterate the commitment of the countries of the ALBA-TCP with the Latin American and Caribbean unity, in the search of a proper, independent and sovereign destiny, for we will continue working for the regional integration, to guarantee the sovereignty, independence, equality and self-determination of our peoples.

We reaffirm the need to strengthen unity in the diversity of our region, through political consensus and integration, as well as the defense of our sovereignty and self-determination, based on the principles of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace approved at the Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), on January 29, 2014, in Havana.

We express our concern about the most recent announcements about the increase of the presence and cooperation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) with some countries of our Latin America and the Caribbean, which is a potential threat to peace and security. regional.

We denounce the current imperial strategy of disarticulation against Latin American and Caribbean integration processes, which have technically paralyzed them. This paralysis only benefits the Empire and the historical enemies of Latin American and Caribbean integration.

We urge the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to preserve the progress made in integration in the region over the last decades. The strengthening of regional solidarity is the best response to threats of an interventionist nature that threaten the sovereignty of our peoples.

We recognize the strategic value of the foundational ideas of ALBA-TCP in the creation of regional integration mechanisms that have favored the socio-economic development of the peoples, the strengthening of the States and their political independence, such as the Petrocaribe Energy Cooperation Agreement that it was conceived under the same principles of solidarity, complementarity and sovereignty, traced as ideological and political sustenance of a vision Our America and Caribbean.

We salute the Banco del Alba, when held on November 5, 2018, the 10th Anniversary of the entry into force of the Agreement Establishing this multi-state financial institution, conceived in the light of the urgency of the integration of our peoples and with the mandate of be part of the new financial architecture for financing and development of the region.

We congratulate ourselves for the positive results shown on the occasion of this tenth anniversary, after having reached its break-even point since 2016, and after having achieved its first capitalization of dividends in 2018.

We recognize the importance and impact that the ALBA-CARIBBEAN region has had financing for a value equivalent to 420 million US dollars that during these ten years have favored a large group of development projects of great benefit to our peoples.

We demand compliance with the Purposes and Principles of the Charter of the United Nations and International Law, the peaceful settlement of disputes, the prohibition of the use and threat of the use of force, respect for self-determination, sovereignty , territorial integrity, and non-interference in the internal affairs of each country.

The ALBA-TCP reminds the current government of the United States the significant contributions that the migrants of our region generate to the American society.

We promote the universal principles of non-discrimination on the basis of nationality, race, gender or social status, which promote irrational supremacy and nationalism, as disparagingly expressed by other countries towards our Latin American and Caribbean brothers.

We alert the international community about the advance of political systems of the extreme right at the international level, and especially in Our America. This advance could mean an increase in aggressions against the progressive peoples and governments of the region. The ALBA-TCP will be attentive to the defense of the peoples of our region.

We declare that our Alliance has more validity than ever, we have been strengthened with the most recent attacks of the Empire and its allies. Far from betraying us, they strengthen us and encourage us to continue fighting in the name of the dignity of our peoples.

We support the people of Nicaragua who have resisted the imperial strategy of destabilization, with gallantry and heroism. The Nicaraguan people have given a lesson in dignity and resistance to the enemies of progressive governments with the support of the free peoples of the world.

We emphasize that the brave people of Sandino will not bow to the interventionist actions against their independence and sovereignty. Nor will it fear the constant threats that, from the United States through projects of extraterritorial laws, seek to affect its economy.

We reiterate our unconditional support for the Nicaraguan Government and people who have demonstrated their deep commitment to peace, with the development of policies of national unity through a respectful and inclusive dialogue, and which constitute an example of firmness and struggle for the full exercise of sovereignty.

We express our full support to the government and people of Venezuela, a country that continues to resist the economic and financial blockade that prevents it from acquiring food and medicine for its people. The unilateral sanctions that the United States; the European Union and Canada have imposed on the Venezuelan people, they have strengthened the Bolivarian Revolution and its people. Venezuela will continue worthily resisting and defeating the Empire and its allies.

We ratify our committed support to the people and government of Bolivia in its historic and just right to an exit to the sea with sovereignty. We urge Chile and Bolivia to restart the dialogue and exchanges within the framework of the ruling of the International Court of Justice, with the purpose of resolving the maritime confinement of Bolivia.

We strongly reject the measures adopted against the Caribbean countries, considering them non-cooperative jurisdictions, which joins their unjustified declaration as middle-income countries, all of which causes serious damage to their economies.

We reiterate the international community’s demand that the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Cuba be lifted unconditionally, that it affects the Cuban people and that, due to its extraterritoriality, it affects all States. We welcome the recent approval in the General Assembly of the United Nations, for the twenty-seventh time of the Resolution that demands the end of the blockade and the success of the Cuban people by defeating the maneuvers of the United States to denaturalize it.

We denounce the attempts of the US government administration to resuscitate the unfortunate Monroe Doctrine, an unacceptable political justification of interventionism and imperialist domination in our region.

We reject the systematic and interventionist actions of the Secretary General of the OAS and of some countries that intend to attack the sovereignty, self-determination and constitutional order of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and other countries in which their peoples have decided to govern themselves without guardianship of any kind, which would result in the destabilization of the region.

We promote the construction of a new international order, fair, equitable and inclusive, where there are no empires or hegemonies and relations between States are based on respect for the peoples and institutions chosen by them and the diverse cultures that coexist in the world .

We confirm our willingness to continue working and cooperating in the fight against climate change, a phenomenon that is the product of the capitalist system, with its irrational patterns of production and consumption, that attack our mother earth and that increase the frequency and intensity of natural phenomena that they cause unfortunate human and material losses.

We emphasize that it is the developing countries that suffer most from the adverse effects of climate change and natural disasters, with a very strong impact on the most vulnerable sectors. The ALBA-TCP calls on the international community to respect the commitments assumed internationally to stop global warming and work towards the achievement of sustainable development in harmony with nature.

We assume the decision to strengthen the institutional and operational structure of ALBA-TCP and to continue advancing in the work of the Ministerial Councils and the Executive Secretary.

We thank the brother people of El Salvador for their efforts and struggles in favor of the development and strengthening of CELAC, and we express to the brotherly people of Bolivia all our support in their exercise of the Pro Tempore Presidency of CELAC in 2019.

We express that the ALBA-TCP has demonstrated that another world is possible on the basis of union, trust, respect between peoples, through educational, cultural, social and economic missions, among other initiatives. Therefore, we will meet in Havana, Cuba, next December 14, on the occasion of the Fourth Anniversary of the Alliance to celebrate the XVI Summit of Heads of State and Government of ALBA-TCP.

We remember and make our own the words of Sandinista leader Carlos Fonseca Amador, who said that

“A revolutionary knows where he is, as long as he fights for humanity, he will be fulfilling his duty.”

Managua, November 8, 2018

Ministerio del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores

Translation by Internationalist 360°