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Latin America condemns Obama’s Executive Order against Venezuela

News from Nicaragua | Friday, 11 March 2016 |

President Obama’s renewal of an Executive Order against Venezuela has been condemned across the whole region.

The Order brands Venezuela as an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US national security and authorises the application of future sanctions.

In a statement, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) points out ‘there is no way in which Venezuela and its government could be qualified as a threat, and much less by the most powerful empire that human history has ever known.’  http://alba-tcp.org/en/contenido/special-communiqu%C3%A9-alba-tcp-rejecting-extension-executive-order-us-government-declaring-ve

The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) pledged their firm support for Venezuela.

“The renewal of US unilateral measures against Venezuela is a disappointment for the twelve UNASUR member states because it violates the principle of non-intervention, as agreed upon at the Ministerial Meeting held on March 9, 2015,” stated the South American regional bloc.

Cuban Vice-President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who pledged his country’s unconditional support to Venezuela stated: “This new unjustified action against a peaceful sister nation of Our America ignores the indignation and rejection which this unwonted decree provoked at the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama,” a reference to near unanimous Latin American opposition to the executive order at the Organisation of American States (OAS) summit last April, 2015

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, at an event in Caracas to commemorate the death of Hugo Chavez, denounced the Executive Order stating: “They are underestimating us; they are underestimating the strength of the Bolivarian revolution.”

Executive Order 13692 was signed by President Obama on March 9, 2015 in a move that ignited a global backlash with dozens of countries and various multilateral blocs– including the CELAC, UNASUR, ALBA, the Non-Aligned Movement, the G77+China, among others– demanding the decree’s repeal.