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    Ecuador's foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, reads the CELAC communique to the press. | Photo: Ecuador Foreign Ministry

The 33 member countries of CELAC have approved a statement in support of Venezuela in light of sanctions imposed by the United States.

The Community of Latin American States (CELAC) reiterated its support of Venezuela after U.S. President Barack Obama issued a decree declaring the country a “threat” to national security. The new declaration from the regional body was ready Thursday by Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño.

In the decree, the 33 member countries expressed their rejection of the application of measures that “go against international law.”

CELAC expressed its rejection of the U.S. decree and said it should be reversed. Further, it called on the U.S. to instead participate in dialogue with Venezuela, guided by “principles of respect.”

​CELAC is made up of all of the countries of the Americas except the U.S. and Canada; all of its member countries voted for the resolution.

Translation: Unasur, CELAC, and the region are in solidarity with the Bolivarian people of Venezuela

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COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE COMMUNITY OF LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STATES IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) expresses its rejection of the application of unilateral coercive measures contrary to international law.

CELAC reaffirms its commitment with the full validity of international law, the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes, and the principle of non-intervention.

CELAC ratifies the postulates of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, agreed on during the 2nd Summit held in Havana, in January 2014.

CELAC reiterates the content of its Special Communiqué, approved within the framework of the 3rd Summit of CELAC in Belen on January 29, 2015 and of its Special Communiqué dated February 12, 2015.

The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) expresses its rejection of the Executive Order issued by the government of the United States of America on March 9, 2015, and considers that this Executive Order should be reversed.

Likewise, CELAC calls upon the government of the United States of America and the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to launch a dialogue, under the principles of respect for sovereignty, non-interference in the internal affairs of the states, the self-determination of the peoples and the democratic and institutional order in line with international law.

CELAC urges both sides to resume dialogue and calls upon the democratic forces of Venezuela to make use of constitutional mechanisms to solve existing differences.

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