RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (ACN) — The Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) has requested the immediate expulsion from all ALBA nations of the UN Agency for International Development (USAID) citing activities contrary to the sovereignty and political stability of these countries.
A communiqué to this effect, issued on June 21, was signed by the governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
The official ALBA communiqué published by Granma newspaper, said that the foreign ministers of ALBA met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and resolved to request, from the heads of state and government of the ALBA nations, the immediate expulsion from their countries of USAID, its representatives or delegates, asserting their presence and activities were a disruptive factor against the sovereignty and political stability of ALBA countries.
The document explained that the decision was taken after considering what was described as the open interference with the ALBA countries’ domestic policy by USAID, which, under the pretext of “planning and managing US economic and humanitarian assistance in the world, funds non-government organisations, actions and projects aimed at destabilising legitimate governments, which do not respond to its interests.”
The communiqué added that the decision also took into account, the analysis of evidence contributed by declassified US State Department documents revealing the funding of opposition political organisations in ALBA countries, in clear and open interference with internal political processes in each nation.
The foreign ministers also said that the ALBA countries do not need USAID funding to sustain their democracies, which are consolidated with Latin American and Caribbean nations.
The ALBA countries said they do not need any organisation that performs under the tutelage of foreign powers, which in reality only usurps and weakens the action of state agencies by preventing them from playing their role in their countries’ economic and social development.
- A non-traditional Career Path for a five year old One parent is proudly publicising her daughter’s choice of career for her school’s career day, » more
- Tobias Clement Could Become Leader of the Opposition Parliamentary Representative for the Constituency of St. George North East, Tobias Clement has » more
- Gov’t takes over steelband body The Keith Mitchell-led New National Party (NNP) government has apparently taken over the running of the Grenada » more
- Imani Scholarship Programme Minister in the Ministry of Youth, Sports, Culture and the Arts, Kate Lewis has been giving details about a » more
- Bowen speaks on pipeline deal A ready market is seen as one of the benefits to be derived from a TT $3.4 billion pipeline deal signed between » more
- Grenada’s new citizenship regulations insist developers commit equity to projects The government of Grenada has introduced new regulations to » more
- Regional Police Welfare Association newsletter launched Recognising that problems experienced, noticed, and expressed by police officers are » more
- Charge reduced to Manslaughter After spending more than 14 months on remand at the Richmond Hill Prison on a Non-Capital Murder charge, 26-year old » more
- Wuss Fete is set for May 18 A number of regional artistes including Trinidad and Tobago’s Voice and Florida, USA resident Ricardo Drue are » more
- LIAT’s impending closure Chairman of the LIAT Shareholders Government Group of Countries and Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, » more
- International Soca Monarch competitors to be recognised as Cultural Ambassadors Official passports are to be handed out to four of the five Soca » more
- No funds from gov’t for disciplinary tribunal A lack of funds from the Keith Mitchell-led government is preventing the General Legal Council from » more