Participants at the People’s Summit of the Americas issued their final declaration Saturday rejecting U.S. aggression and intervention toward the region declaring Latin America and the Caribbean as a “Zone of Peace.”
The document, which was approved by more then 2,000 representatives, condemned what it called, “military aggression and threats by the United States and their strategic allies 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 suggesting that all U.S. military bases in Latin America should be shut down.
As part of the four-day conference, the Union Confederation of Rural Workers of Bolivia (CSUTB) submitted a proposal, which is still waiting approval, for the creation of a Latin American Defense Council.
Its mission is described as “the defense of sovereignty, resources and the democratic system from U.S. interference in regional politics.”
The Peoples’ 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.
Leading up to the summit, the U.S. government has been trying to deflect extensive criticism from both grassroots organizations and regional governments following the most recent round of sanctions imposed against Venezuelan government officials.
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.