Venezuela denounces infamous decision of governments aligned with the US (statement + TIAR)
This Wednesday, through a statement, the Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, denounces to the international community the infamous decision of a small group of governments aligned with the interests of the United States (USA) regarding the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (Tiar).
The Venezuelan Foreign Minister expressed through Twitter that “Venezuela denounces to the international community the infamous decision of a small group of governments aligned with the interests of the United States, by attempting to invoke the invalid and null activation of the Tiar, an ominous imperial instrument in the history of our continent. ”
“It is painful that countries which were invaded by U.S. troops and whose peoples were massacred by the application of TIAR, endorse today a similar crime against a brother country,” the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister said.
At the OAS assembly, 12 countries voted in favor of the implementation of an initiative against Venezuela, saying the country represents “a threat to the security of the region,” after Colombia accused Venezuela of allegedly protecting armed groups within its territory.
Intervención del canciller Jorge Arreaza ante la 42° Sesión del Consejo de DDHH en la ONU-Ginebra https://t.co/0VnsSdi2AI
— Cancillería Venezuela 🇻🇪 (@CancilleriaVE) September 12, 2019
Venezuela has rejected accusation and pointed out the lack of evidence, affirming these allegations are just an excuse for military intervention.
The TIAR is an agreement signed in September 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It functions as a mutual mechanism of defense between member countries of the OAS. The treaty was imposed on the region by the United States within the context of the Cold War, with the aim of legitimizing military interventions in Latin America for ideological reasons.
“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela calls on the countries and peoples of the region to firmly reject the ambitions of this small group of countries which is threatening the peace and integrity of the country and the entire continent,” the statement reads.
The South American country withdrew from the treaty in 2013 together with other nations pertaining to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), including Bolivia, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.
However, the opposition-held Venezuela National Assembly, in contempt and suspended since 2016, illegally and unconstitutionally approved the reincorporation to the treaty on July 23, 2019. A flagrant violation of the Constitution as article 236 state that the public figure whose the attributions and obligations are to “celebrate and ratify treaties and international agreements” is the president and not legislators.
“Venezuela will remain attached to United Nations Charter, to the respect of International Law, to the practice of multilateralism and peace diplomacy, to the search of dialogue amidst the diversity, coexistence, and well-being of our peoples,” the Foreign Ministry concluded.
Bolivarian Government categorically denounces the invocation of the disastrous TIAR
The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela strongly denounces before the international community and the peoples of the world the despicable decision of a small group of governments of the region that, aligned with the interests of the supremacist Government of the United States, invoked the activation of such a disastrous instrument of the history of our continent as the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR).
It is necessary to remember that the TAIR was imposed on our region by the United States within the framework of the Cold War, whose purpose was to legitimize military interventions in Latin America for ideological reasons. This happened in Guatemala in 1954, in Cuba in 1961, in the Dominican Republic in 1965, in Grenada in 1983 and in Panama in 1989. It is also important to underline that, when there was a real aggression of an extra-continental power against a Latin American country, as in the case of Argentina in 1982 by the United Kingdom, the United States betrayed the continent and ignored its activation, aligning with its partner of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
It is a shame that countries, that were invaded by US troops and whose peoples were slaughtered due to the implementation of the TIAR, today endorse a similar crime against a brotherly country in a session of the OAS Permanent Council, which is clearly void and null. It will be the history and the peoples of the Great Homeland who are responsible for judging this improper attitude.
On May 14th, 2013, the Venezuelan State denounced the infamous imperial instrument and, together with other countries in our region, withdrew from it. For this reason, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela does not accept or recognize any obligation derived from this Treaty, shameful inheritance of neo-colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela calls upon the countries and peoples of the region to firmly reject the claims of this small group of countries that within the Organization of American States (OAS) threaten the peace and integrity of Venezuela and of the entire continent.
Venezuela will continue to adhere to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations, respect for international law, the practice of multilateralism and peace diplomacy, and in the search for dialogue amidst the diversity, coexistence and well-being of our peoples.