Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said on Saturday that Latin America is dealing with a new imperialist plan set to destroy progressive governments, comments that came as he attended the 17th Non-Aligned Movement Summit on Venezuela’s Margarita Island.
"We are dealing with a new Plan Condor," Correa said in an interview with teleSUR, referring to the U.S.-backed effort in the 1970s to topple democratic governments in the region.
Correa said imperialists and their right-wing allies in the region "are on a quest to destroy progressive governments."
The president of the Andean nation went on to express support for the government of Venezuela and its president, Nicolas Maduro, saying he's been subjected to a double standard: right-wing governments criticize Venezuela's economic and political crisis but had nothing to say about the parliamentary coup against Brazil's last elected president, Dilma Rousseff.
"There are no limits, governments in the region don't respect democracy or integration," Correa said.
The leftist president said the NAM Summit was an alternative for countries to have their own forums and resolve their own issues without the intervention of imperialist governments. Correa said the movement was important to establish a new world order, against the dominance of powerful countries and institutions around the world.
With 120 member states, NAM is the second largest international body after the United Nations. It has 53 members from Africa, 39 from Asia, and 26 from Latin America and the Caribbean. It also includes 17 observer countries and 10 observer organizations.
This is the fourth time that a Latin American country has hosted the summit, and Venezuela is the third country from the region to assume the movement's presidency. Cuba headed the body in 1979 and 2006, and Colombia led it in 1995.