[News] UNASUR and CELAC Slam Renewal of US Sanctions Decree against Venezuela

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  UNASUR and CELAC Slam Renewal of US Sanctions Decree against Venezuela

By Lucas Koerner


The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin 
American and Caribbean States (CELAC) pledged their firm support for 
Venezuela Friday in response to the Obama administration’s renewal of an 
executive order branding Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” 
to US national security and authorizing the application of future sanctions.

“The renewal of U.S. unilateral measures against Venezuela is a 
disappointment for the 12 UNASUR member states because it violates the 
principle of non-intervention, as agreed upon at the Ministerial Meeting 
held on March 9, 2015,” stated the South American regional bloc via its 
official Twitter account.

The CELAC– which represents all states in the hemisphere with the 
exception of the US and Canada– likewise expressed its backing for the 
South American nation, according to Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy 

Rodriguez, for her part, also repudiated the move by the Obama 
administration, which she characterized as a “flagrant violation of the 
principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter” and promised to 
conduct a “complete review” of relations between the two countries.

The decree additionally came under fire from Cuban Vice-President Miguel 
Díaz-Canel, who pledged his country’s “unconditional support” to Venezuela.

“This new unjustified action against a peaceful and solidary sister 
nation of Our America ignores the indignation and rejection which this 
unwonted decree provoked at the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama,” 
he stated, referring to near unanimous Latin American opposition to the 
executive order at the OAS summit last April.

The Cuban leader’s remarks come just two weeks prior to President 
Obama’s historic visit the island scheduled for March 21.

Executive Order 13692 was signed by President Obama on March 9, 2015 in 
a move that ignited a global backlash with dozens of countries and 
various multilateral blocs– including the CELAC, UNASUR, ALBA, the 
Non-Aligned Movement, the G77+China, among others– demanding the 
decree’s repeal.

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