People's Summit Reject US Interference on Latin America, Caribbean Affairs

Panama City, Apr 11, (RHC), -- Participants at the People’s Summit in Panama issued a joint statement on Saturday rejecting U.S. intervention in the affairs of Latin America and the Caribbean, and declaring the region a “Zone of Peace.”

According to multinational news channel TeleSur, the document, condemned what it called, the “military aggression and threats the United States and its strategic allies have carried out through the establishment of military bases in the region.” 

The statement also backed the recent call by Secretary-General for the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Ernesto Samper, that all U.S. military bases in Latin America should be shut down. 

The People’s Summit declaration went on to denounce U.S. President Barack Obama’s executive order that arbitrarily declares Venezuela an extraordinary threat to its national security. 

"We express our unconditional and unbound support for the Bolivarian Revolution. We also reject the unfair and immoral executive order by the United States that seeks to label Venezuela as a threat to their national security,” the statement says.  

The official declaration also included vows from social movements to promote gender equality, civic participation, and social justice. 

"We declare the need to construct a new society with social justice, gender equality, participation from young people and other social actors, guided by the principle of solidarity, which is fundamental in integral development and sovereignty of our countries, ” the statement said. 

 

Edited by Juan Leandro



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  • Andrew Johnson's gravatar
    Andrew Johnson
    12/04/2015 01:00 am

    I have seen that many of the odd foreign policy initiatives by the United States since the Second World War have been caused by security advisers who have relations with certain trans-national corporations. For example consider my neighbours in West Papua who decided in 1961 to unite, and for whom the Dutch had decided to ask the United Nations to assume administration until the West Papuan people could form their own independent government. But the United States refused to support that request unless the Dutch allowed Indonesia to include a request for the UN to ask Indonesia to occupy the colony until it could have its vote. Under US influence the United Nations made General Assembly resolution 1752 and for the last 53 years Indonesia has been killing hundreds of thousands of people while the US (Freeport / fcx.com) and UK (BP / Tangguh LNG) have been harvesting Papua's resources without permission of its people. The US administration did not know about the gold and other wealth, but the Freeport corporation did and the US government was acting on advice that friends of the Freeport director Robert Lovett was giving to their government. Corporate influence is a problem that every government must deal with, but the US still does not understand the scale of their problem and the suffering it too often causes other people.


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