G77+ China, CELAC, UK Politicians Reject US Aggressions on Venezuela UPDATED

The G77+ China and the Community of States of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC) are the latest multilateral blocs to join the international outcry against President Obama's executive order in early March labeling Venezuela "an unusual and extraordinary threat".

By Lucas Koerner

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President Maduro thanks the G77 and other regional blocs for their support on Wednesday evening. (Prensa Miraflores)
President Maduro thanks the G77 and other regional blocs for their support on Wednesday evening. (Prensa Miraflores)
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Caracas, March 26, 2015 (venezuelanalysis.com) - The G77+ China and the Community of States of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAC) are the latest multilateral blocs to join the international outcry against President Obama's executive order in early March labeling Venezuela "an unusual and extraordinary threat".

On Wednesday, the organization representing 134 nations of the global South voiced its blanket rejection of the White House decree and called for its immediate repeal in accordance with "international principles of respect for sovereignty and national determination". The group went on to express solidarity with Venezuela, recognizing the Bolivarian nation's contributions to "South-South cooperation".

The 33 nations comprising the CELAC also condemned this Thursday the "unilateral coercive measures" taken by the Obama administration, which it described as "contrary to international law", calling for dialogue between the two nations based on "principles of respect for sovereignty and noninterference in the internal affairs of other states".

The statement by the G77 follows similar proclamations issued by UNASUR, ALBA, and the Non-Aligned Movement last week, which have likewise condemned the Obama administration for its aggressive unilatral actions and urged dialogue between the two nations.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responded positively, praising the G77 statement, which he identified as the basis of a "new diplomacy" coming from the global South.

"With this [...] U.S. aggression against Venezuela and this nefarious and imperialist executive order, a new diplomacy is emerging from among the peoples of the South, a new diplomacy of peace, a new anti-imperialist diplomacy."

As part of this "new diplomacy", President Maduro reiterated his call for 10 million Venezuelans to sign a letter addressed to Barack Obama demanding the annulation of his executive order, a campaign which has already achieved 3.1 million voluntary signatories.

Ecuador's Correa May Boycott Summit of the Americas in Protest of US Remarks

The Ecuadorian foreign minister announced yesterday that his nation might skip the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Panama this April in protest over recent U.S. actions.

On Wednesday, Ricardo Patiño indicated that President Correa might boycott the summit, which is to be attended by Barack Obama, in response to Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson provocative comments regarding the alleged need for more funds to promote "human rights" in "Venezuela, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.”

“We insist that the government of the United States should stop ... deliberately damaging relations with the countries of Latin America. In order to have a friendly Summit of the Americas, they must stop making absurd and ridiculous statements, which run totally contrary to reality,”  Patiño said.

“The United States has nothing it can teach Ecuador about democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.”

120 UK Politicians Sign Statement Opposing US Sanctions

Over 100 top British political leaders from six different parties and diverse political bodies ranging from the House of Parliament to the EU Parliament have signed on to a statement condemning "any U.S. sanctions on Venezuela" and backing the position taken by UNASUR.

Former MP and Venezuela Solidarity Campaign Chair Colin Burgon underscored the significance of British political figures joining the universal rejection of President Barack Obama's executive order.

“This has widely been condemned in Venezuela, across Latin America, the Caribbean and increasingly around the world, including here in Britain, where this surge in parliamentary support for Venezuela's national sovereignty shows people's deep concerns about the U.S. executive order against Venezuela."

Burgon suggested that the U.S. administration's accusations of human rights abuses constituted a clear double standard and called for the repeal of the executive order.

"The hypocrisy of the U.S. administration with regards to Venezuela in terms of declaring unilateral sanctions due to alleged human rights abuses — when they have close relationships with the governments of Honduras and Mexico — is breathtaking and another reason why Obama's interventionist Executive order must be repealed,” Burgon added.

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