[Marxism] ALBA foreign ministers on Libya and Syria situations

Fred Feldman ffeldman at verizon.net
Mon Sep 12 11:25:55 MDT 2011

The members of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America 
are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint
Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela.

Special Declaration of the ALBA-TCP Foreign Ministers on the Situation of
Libya and Syria

The Foreign Ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our
America, meeting in Caracas, Venezuela on 9 September 2011, recalling the
Special Communiqué of the Political Council on 4 March 2011 and the Special
Communiqué of the Ministerial Social Council on 19 March 2011, condemns the
NATO intervention in Libya and its illegal military aggression, carried out
under the cover of a UN Security Council resolution, opportunistically
exploiting the situation of the internal political conflict in that country.
The ALBA foreign ministers denounce the NATO for carrying out a military
operation for regime change in Libya under the doctrine of preventive war,
manipulating the UN to suit its geopolitical and economic interests in
violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1973.
The ALBA foreign ministers demand the immediate and unconditional cessation
of the NATO bombings and military intervention in the Libyan territory.
The ALBA foreign ministers deplore the fact that the NATO has disregarded
the persistent efforts of the African Union in search of a solution to the
internal conflict in Libya based on dialogue to achieve peace.
The ALBA foreign ministers also deplore the complicity of various major
international media, which have colluded with those interested in aggression
and lent themselves to the purpose of distorting information about the state
of affairs in Libya.
The ALBA foreign ministers issue their most urgent warning on the danger
that the Libyan precedent may be repeated against Syria, by means of
exploiting the ongoing political troubles in that Arab nation.
The ALBA foreign ministers reiterate their firmest commitment to the right
to self-determination of the peoples of Libya and Syria.
The ALBA foreign ministers most energetically reject any attempt to turn
Libya into a protectorate of the NATO or the UN Security Council.
In order to contribute to and support the efforts for peace demanded by the
majority of the peoples of the world, the ministers agree to take the
following actions:
Promote discussion in the UN General Assembly on the dangerous precedents
set by what has been done to Libya and on the protection of the sovereign
rights of that Arab nation of Africa, so as to ensure that Libya shall not
be turned into a protectorate of the NATO or the UN Security Council.
Promote the establishment of a Working Group at the General Assembly to
investigate and monitor the use of the frozen funds of Libya's financial
reserves, which will report back to the General Assembly on its results and
Call upon the international community to promote an initiative to
investigate crimes committed in Libya by the NATO to the detriment of the
Libyan people, the destruction of Libya's infrastructure and the deaths
caused by the NATO.
Compile a list of media's lies and manipulations promoted by the empire to
justify the aggression against the Libyan people.
Request the Secretary General of the United Nations for complete
transparency, rendering a strict accounting of facts to the member states
regarding his conduct on the subject of Libya and vis-à-vis Syria; and
emphasize that his conduct must correspond to the mandates given by the
General Assembly, before taking new actions to intervene in Libya.  Equally,
request the Secretary General to meet with the ALBA-TCP (Bolivarian Alliance
for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty) countries to discuss
the situation in Libya.
Support a central role of the African Union in efforts to promote peace in
Firmly reject giving Libya's seat at the United Nations to an illegitimate
transitional faction or authority imposed by foreign intervention; and thus
promote fundamental debate at the Credentials Committee of the General
Assembly of the United Nations in order to prevent Libya's seat from
becoming occupied until such time as a government that is the free and
sovereign expression of the will of the Libyan people becomes established in
a legitimate manner, without foreign intervention.
Propose to the Syrian government a mission of high representatives or
foreign ministers of the ALBA-TCP; and, if accepted, report on it to the
Latin American and Caribbean countries through UNASUR (Union of South
American Nations), CARICOM (Caribbean Community), SICA (Central American
Integration System), and the joint CALC (Latin American and Caribbean
Summit)-Rio Group forum, and invite those who wish to join this initiative
to participate.
Promote debate at the Coordination Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement on the
threats looming over Syria.
Support, together with the Non-Aligned countries that are members of the
Security Council, the resolution promoted by Russia and China with respect
to Syria.
Send the UN Secretary General this Declaration and request that it be
circulated among the member states of the United Nations as an official
document of the General Assembly.
The original text of the declaration "Declaración Especial de los Ministros
de Relaciones Exteriores del ALBA-TCP sobre la situación de Libia y Siria"
may be read at the Web site of the Venezuelan Ministry of Communication and
Information among other sites.  Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi

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