Author Archive

Venezuela, Belarus strengthen fraternal cooperation ties

On Friday, January 8, the Minister of People’s Power for Tourism and Foreign Trade, Alí Padrón, held a cordial meeting with the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Andrei Leonidovich Molchan, as a first approach to strengthen the fraternal cooperation ties in tourism between the two nations.

Simón Bolívar Institute opens the year with seminar ‘From Independence to the Minustah’

To recall the historic liberation struggle of the Haitian people, as well as the consequences of the military occupation by the Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah) and the possibilities of reparation after the strong repression, sexual abuse, spread of the cholera epidemic and Persecution of opposition leaders were part of the topics discussed this Friday at the seminar From Independence to the Minustah.

Vice-president El Aissami: ‘Venezuela’s goal is to secure a long-lasting stability of the global oil market’

Venezuela’s Vice-president for Economy and Minister of People’s Power for Oil, Tareck El Aissami, stated on Monday that “Venezuela is still defending a long-lasting stability of the oil market and endorses the OPEC+ decisions for 2021 to support at this 13th Ministerial Meeting the convenience of easing cuts by 0.5 million oil bpd starting February.”

Venezuela receives 96 nationals from Ecuador through the Plan Vuelta a la Patria

Until this Monday, December 14, a total of 202,180 cases of COVID-19 were registered in Ecuador, according to figures from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health. Pichincha, whose main city is Quito (capital), is the most affected of the 24 that exist in the country, accounting for more than 71 thousand cases, followed by the province of Guayas (capital of Guayaquil) with more than 26 thousand positives.

Statement of the 18th ALBA-TCP Summit in the 16th anniversary of its foundation

  1. The Heads of State and Government and the Heads of Delegations of the Member States and guests of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), meeting virtually on December 14, 2020, to commemorate the 16th Anniversary of the Alliance, by signing this Declaration, we renew our commitment to strengthening this political conciliation mechanism founded by Commander-in-Chief Hugo Chávez Frías and Commander-in-Chief Fidel Castro Ruz.
  2. We vindicate the ideals of Bolivar, Marti, San Martin, Sucre, O’Higgins, Petion, Morazan, Sandino, Maurice Bishop, Garvey, Tupac Katari, Barolina Sisa, Chatoyer, and other leaders of Latin American and Caribbean independence, as historical and cultural memory which tie us in an instrument of unity and development for our peoples and governments, based on dialogue, cooperation, solidarity, complementarity, justice, sovereignty and independence.
  3. We confirm our commitment to a genuinely Latin American and Caribbean integration, allowing us to face together the desire for imperialist domination and growing threats to regional peace and stability, multilateralism and the principles of international law, including respect for the self-determination of peoples, sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in the internal affairs of States; as well as the prohibition of the use and threat of the use of force and the peaceful resolution of disputes, endorsed in the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.
  4. We stress the need to strengthen the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) as a genuine mechanism for regional political concertation based on the principle of unity in diversity. We recognize the work of the Pro Tempore Presidency of Mexico to revitalize our Community with a commitment to continue to support its management.
  5. We congratulate the people of Bolivia on the strong victory of MAS-IPSP, celebrate Bolivia’s reinstatement to ALBA-TCP, and confirm our strong support for President-elect Luis Arce Catacora and Vice President-elect David Choquehuanca.
  6. We underline the conscience of the Bolivian people who regained democracy through free and democratic elections, after an abrupt interruption of the democratic order of the constitutional president in office, Evo Morales Ayma, developed by foreign interests in alliance with radical sectors, and the establishment of a de facto government in which human rights, freedom of expression and the economic crisis were aggravated.
  7. We welcome the results of the prime minister elections in St Kitts and Nevis and in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  8. We congratulate the people and institutions of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the democratic day held on the occasion of the “Parliamentary Elections of Venezuela 2020” on 06 December. We also turn to the Bolivarian Revolution, the civic-military union and the Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, in the struggle for peace and stability of the Venezuelan people.
  9. We recognize that these results revitalize our Alliance and demonstrate that it is only with the unity of the people that it is possible to confront interference and reverse the coups promoted and financed by the empire in the region, in collusion with local.
  10. We reiterate our strong rejection of the imposition of unilateral coercive measures against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which violate international law and the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and represent a collective punishment of the Venezuelan people, causing unspeakable suffering indiscriminately to the entire population. 
  11. We condemn the hegemonic claims of the United States of America in its quest to revive the Monroe Doctrine; as well as attempts to revive the Inter-American Treaty on Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) to attack the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which can have a terrible impact on the peace and security of the region.
  12. We confirm unconditional support for the Sandinista government, President Daniel Ortega Saavedra and the people of Nicaragua in their decision to continue to defend the sovereignty, peace and remarkable social, economic, security and national unity gains made. We express solidarity for the impacts caused by two intense hurricanes, in less than 10 days, which caused loss of life and considerable property damage.
  13. We condemn the attacks and repeated destabilizing attempts against the legitimate government of sister Republic of Nicaragua by the United States of America, promoting unilateral coercive measures, among many other destabilizing actions to try to interfere in their internal affairs. These acts are not only a clear violation of international law, but a scorn against the people and the independent government of Sandino.
  14. We fully reaffirm support for Caribbean countries in their claim for compensation for the genocide of the native population and the horrors of slavery and transatlantic trafficking.
  15.  We ratify the right of Caribbean countries to receive fair, special and differential treatment. The Caribbean will always find in ALBA-TCP a platform of cooperation and complementarity for the defense and promotion of its fair claims and reparations.
  16. We strongly reject the measures taken against the Caribbean sister countries by considering them non-cooperative jurisdictions. We call for a review of graduation criteria that qualify them as “middle-income countries,” making it difficult for them to access credit and international cooperation.
  17. We express our sorrow for the fatalities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, while expressing our concern at the devastating socio-economic impact and multidimensional crisis generated, which require a coordinated, supportive and joint response to ensure the inclusive and resilient recovery of our economies, enabling us to strengthen sustainable development as well as poverty eradication.
  18. We reiterate the central role of the State in the implementation of national strategies that strengthen health and social protection systems. universal access on a fair and affordable basis to vaccines and treatments developed for the treatment of COVID-19.
  19. We recognize the gigantic efforts of health professionals, scientists and humanitarian personnel to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in different parts of the world, to guarantee the right to health and life of our peoples, exposing even their own. We also highlight the leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the process of raising awareness, prevention and combating   the Pandemic.
  20. We recognize, in particular, the contribution of the Republic of Cuba to the response to the pandemic, despite the complex circumstances imposed by the upsurge of the economic, trade and financial blockade of the United States and the campaign of the United States government to discredit and sabotage the international medical cooperation that Cuba offers in dozens of countries and which has benefited millions of people.
  21. We congratulate and recognize the humanist and altruistic work of the Cuban Medical Contingent Henry Reeve and its contribution to the confrontation of the coronavirus in ALBA-TCP countries and other nations around the world. We welcome the numerous initiatives to formally register this Contingent’s candidacy for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
  22. We thank compañero David Choquehuanca Céspedes for the work done at the helm of the Executive Secretary of ALBA-TCP and reiterate the best wishes for success in his new duties as Vice President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
  23. We salute the appointment of compañero Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz, as the new Executive Secretary of ALBA-TCP wishing him the greatest success in his tenure.
  24. We highlight the development of the ALBA-Petrocaribe complementary economic zone, as a true model of productive and technological development, based on the values of the Alliance and the principles of the Peoples’ Trade Treary.
  25. We confirm our commitment to building an alternative model of economic sovereignty, expressed in a New Financial Framework, to consolidate a system of reciprocal, solidarity, participatory and complementary exchange and cooperation that strengthens our economic and commercial freedom.
  26. We stress the imperative to forgive external debt that suffocates underdeveloped countries or to take measures to relieve, suspend or restructure especially under COVID-19 pandemic conditions.
  27. We are committed to redoubled efforts to develop a trading system based on local currencies, as well as the opportunities offered by new technologies exploring formulas for the use of crypto assets, in order to promote the economic and financial independence of our peoples, having as important precedents the with the SUCRE monetary compensation, as well as the “Petro” cryptocurrency in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
  28. We congratulate Banco del Alba on its successful performance over the past year and, in particular, on the advance initiatives to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, such as the moratorium on its entire funding portfolio and the underpin of the Alba Salud and Alba Alimentos programs, as well as the establishment of the Alba Humanitarian Fund, proposed by the leaders of the Bolivarian Alliance.
  29. We reiterate our willingness to continue working and cooperating in the fight against climate change, a phenomenon sharpened by the capitalist system and its irrational patterns of consumption, which attack our Mother Earth and that increase the frequency and intensity of natural phenomena that cause unfortunate human and material losses.
  30. We rescue the participation and full presence of social movements, solidarity and popular sectors in our integrationist process, in order to advance the construction of societies that are inclusive, culturally diverse and environmentally responsible, that exclude the exploitation of the human being.
  31. We express our commitment to work together with indigenous peoples in the implementation of measures for the preservation, transmission and development of indigenous languages in order to safeguard the right to revitalize, use, encourage and transmit to future generations their stories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures.
  32. We reiterate our support to the just and historic claim of the Plurinational State of Bolivia on its right to a sovereign sea access.
  33. We reiterate ALBA-TCP’s strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including cases in which States are directly or indirectly involved, which is unjustifiable whatever the motivations, considerations or factors that are involved.
  34. We denounce the use of unconventional warfare strategies to attack and disable governments and progressive leaders in the region through politically motivated judicial processes (lawfare), the manipulation of human rights for destabilizing purposes, the propaganda and misinformation campaign, the malicious use of information and communication technologies, cyberattacks, and others.
  35. We approved the ALBA-TCP 2021 Post-Pandemic Work Plan and called for the reactivation of its various Councils since the beginning of 2021 in order to move forward on a concrete agenda of actions and re-implementation. We instruct the executive Secretariat of ALBA-TCP to monitor, consult and comply with it for the benefit of strengthening Alliance.
  36. We affirm our determination to move forward and deepen its strengthening as a political-strategic alternative to Latino-Caribbean, counter-hegemonic, democratic, inclusive and participatory integration.
  37. We recall that the ALBA-TCP countries since its founding are in a permanent consultation session, to defend the independence, sovereignty and free self-determination of their peoples.

Caracas, December 14, 2020

Foreign Minister Arreaza: ‘Latin America can become an important pole of power’

“We believe in multilateralism, in a multipolar world, and we have been engaging in new relations with new actors in this new world. Turkey is one of them, and so are Russia, China and many others,” said Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, via video conference during the presentation of the book “Venezuela in the International System: Regional and Global Perspectives,” released by Turkey’s Institute of Strategic Thinking.