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Evo Morales, ALBA Countries Slam US, OAS Over Nicaragua

  • President Daniel Ortega at the 16th Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement Summit in Havana.

    President Daniel Ortega at the 16th Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement Summit in Havana. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 December 2018

Bolivian President Evo Morales, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza and the ALBA-TCP defended Nicaragua.

Bolivian President Evo Morales and the Venezuelan government have offered their support to Nicaragua after the Organization of American States (OAS) tried to oust the country using Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. 

The countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) released a statement condemning the interventionist actions of the United States via the  Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (Nica Act).

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Evo Morales rejected on Friday the "coup intentions" against the democratically elected Sandinista government of Nicaragua, after the nation was suspended from the OAS.

"We reject that by the instruction of the empire and with coup intentions, the OAS intends to apply the Democratic Charter to #Nicaragua," Morales wrote on his Twitter account on Friday.

"The organisms must leave intrusion and respect the sovereignty of Nicaragua."

Also on Friday, Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza released a statement rejecting the decision of OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro "to try to initiate the tendentious application of the Inter-American Democratic Charter to the Government of Reconciliation and National Unity of the Republic of Nicaragua."

According to the Venezuelan government, "The unpresentable Luis Almagro once again demonstrates his subservience to the interests of U.S. foreign policy, as well as the obsessive instrumentalization of the (OAS) against legitimate popular governments."

On Thursday, Almagro announced that the OAS was "forced to begin the process of application of Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter."

On Wednesday, the Latin American integrationist organization, ALBA-TCP, released a statement rejecting the application of unilateral U.S. sanctions through the Nica Act, against Nicaragua.

The ALBA-TCP countries "condemn the violation of the most elementary norms of International Law and the Charter of the United Nations, through the pretension on the part of the United States to impose unilateral coercive measures," stated the organization.

ALBA stated that the implementation of the Nica Act, is not only an aggression against Nicaragua, but "a new insult to the independence and sovereignty of our peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean and clear evidence of the politics of the U.S. government in our region."

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