Dominica, Cuba and Venezuela want USAID thrown out

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 27 June 2012

from Caribbean 360

Dominica, Cuba and Venezuela have joined the foreign ministers of Bolivia, Ecuador and Nicaragua inrequesting that the heads of government of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA) effect the immediate expulsion of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from the countries of the ALBA bloc.

The resolution was passed following an ALBA foreign ministers meeting in Rio, Brazil last Thursday. The statement was subsequently published

in Spanish in the Cuban ‘Grandma’ newspaper.

Apart from Dominica, the two other English speaking countries in the ALBA bloc, Antigua and Barbuda and St Vincent and the Grenadines, did

not sign on to the declaration.

An English language version of the statement said in part: “To request the Heads of State and Government of the States Parties to the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas for the immediate expulsion to their countries of USAID, its delegates or representatives, on the grounds that their presence and activities are a factor of disturbance which threatens the sovereignty and political stability of our nations.”

The statement maintains that USAID openly interferes in the internal politics of the ALBA countries, under the pretext of "planning and

managing the economic and humanitarian assistance outside the United States and around the world" through NGO funding, actions and projects aimed at undermining legitimate governments who are not sympathetic to their interests.

The foreign ministers reportedly based their conclusions on evidence from declassified US State Department documents which show that USAID

funds organizations and political parties opposed to the governments of the ALBA countries “in a clear and blatant interference in the internal

politics of each nation.”

According to the statement: “It was considered that in the majority of ALBA countries USAID, through its various organizations and facades, acting illegally and with impunity, without a legal framework for it, and illegally funding media, political leaders, organizations NGOs, among others.”

“Knowing that through these financing programs take shelter a group of NGOs promoting all kinds of fundamentalism to conspire to limit the powers of our states and in many cases plunder our natural resources in large areas that seek to dominate their free will.”, the statement added.

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