G77, China, Latin America deplore US threats against Venezuela
News from Nicaragua | Monday, 30 March 2015 |
On 9 March, in an ominous escalation of aggression against Venezuela, President Barack Obama issued An Executive Order declaring that the “policies and actions of the government of Venezuela constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat” to the security of the United States.
This action has been met with widespread condemnation by governments around the world. As Nicaragua’s representative to the UN, Maria Rubiales stated during the Commission on the Status of Women: “ we cannot permit attacks against a sister republic, wherever they are from … because today it’s Venezuela, and tomorrow it could be anywhere else, as history has demonstrated.”
In New York on 25 March, the *Group of 77 (G77) and China both rejected the US action as a violation of international law which include the principles and purpose of the UN charter. The declaration went on to underline the positive contribution Venezuela has made to the strengthening of the South-South Cooperation; to express solidarity with the government of Venezuela, to urge the international community to eliminate the use of “unilateral coercive measures against any state”, and to call upon the US to repeal the Executive Order.
The following day the 33 member countries of **CELAC also unanimously expressed their rejection of the US measures as a “violation of international law”. Their declaration went on to call for the decree to be reversed and for the US to participate in dialogue with Venezuela, guided by the “principles of respect.”
*The G77 was established on 15th June 1964 by seventy-seven developing country signatories (‘Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Developing Countries’) and issued at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva.
** Set up on 3rd December 2011, the Community of Latin America and Caribbean States (CELAC) is made up of all of the countries of the Americas except the U.S. and Canada.