Declaration 19th ALBA-TCP Political Council

Declaration 19th ALBA-TCP Political Council

The Foreign Affairs Ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas - Peoples’ Treaty of Commerce (ALBA-TCP), assembled at its 19th Political Council, in the context of the 74th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization (UN), hereby convey the following agreements:
They deplored the expulsion of two diplomats from the sisterly Republic of Cuba to the UN by the authorities of the State Department of the United States of America (USA) on September 19, 2019.
They denounced the imposition of new unilateral coercive measures by the US against the people of Cuba. Recently, the US has limited the sending of remittances; restricted banking transactions, banned educational group trips to Cuba and non-conventional blockade actions against fuel supplies to Cuba.
This supremacist policy of aggression has the sole objective of generating a diplomatic escalation that leads to the closure of Embassies in both countries, as well as continuing to tighten the economic, financial and commercial blockade against Cuba.
They stressed that Resolution CP / RES. 1137 (2245/19) of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved on September 11, 2019, is absolutely illegal and in violation of International Law, both in form and substance, for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has neither been part of the OAS since April 2019, nor has it been part of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance ever since it denounced such Agreement in May 2013.
They stressed that Article 08 of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance is in line with the policy of harassment and economic suffocation that the US Government has been applying against the people of Venezuela in recent years especially in the economic area.
They categorically rejected the threats that the convening of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance Consultation Organ implies to the peace and territorial integrity of Venezuela, as well as the most recent actions that a small group of countries in different multilateral fora have been promoting on this Treaty.
They stated that the only international instance with authority and capacity to declare a situation as a threat to international peace and security and to take action through the use of force is the Security Council of the United Nations Organization (UN).
They reiterated the pacifist vocation of ALBA-TCP, promoting the culture of peace and the right to peace. Also, they rejected any initiative that may go against these principles or put regional peace at risk.
They stressed that the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) declared Latin America and the Caribbean as a Peace Zone “in which differences among nations are meant to be resolve through dialogue and negotiation or through other forms of peaceful solution settlement, as established in international law."
They expressed their concern regarding Climate Change and the historic commitment undertaken by the International Community through the Paris Agreement. Consequently, they rejected the US withdrawal from this agreement, for it evidenced the lack of responsibility by the US administration both with the Planet and future generations.
They stressed the need for aid and cooperation in cases of natural disasters associated with the planet's climate crisis to be treated ethically. From the perspective of the Alliance countries, the exclusion of countries for political or ideological issues is unacceptable. They reiterated that the principle of equality of the States of the UN Charter should be respected for the convening of meetings on environmental issues that represent a global concern.
New York, September 23, 2019

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