Statement of the 22nd Meeting of the ALBA-TCP Political Council

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America – Peoples’ Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) on the occasion of the 22nd Meeting of the ALBA-TCP Political Council, within the framework of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77):

  1. Reaffirm their unwavering commitment to the promotion of a fair, democratic and equitable international order, based on the defense of multilateralism, the fulfillment of the purposes and principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and international law, and the key role of the United Nations (UN).
  2. Endorse the provisions of the “Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace” adopted at the 2nd Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), held in Havana, Cuba, in January 2014. 
  3. Reaffirm their strong rejection to the imposition of unilateral coercive measures against sovereign States, contrary to the rules and principles of International Law and the Charter of the United Nations, threatening the development, recovery, economic resilience of the region and the stability of our peoples, particularly in the current context of the pandemic.
  4. Support the fair claims of the countries of Our America to materialize an urgent change in regional relations, based on the Charter of the United Nations and International Law, including the principles of sovereign equality, non-interference in internal affairs, no use or threat of use of force, peaceful settlement of disputes and self-determination of peoples.
  5. Express their firm support for the unconditional and immediate lifting of the criminal and illegal economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against the Republic of Cuba, in accordance with the resolutions of the UN General Assembly.
  6. Reject the imposition of unilateral coercive measures against the peoples and governments of Nicaragua and Venezuela, violating international law and the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and impeding the full exercise of human rights.
  7. Renew their solidarity with the people and Government of Reconciliation and National Unity of the Republic of Nicaragua in their decision to continue defending sovereignty, peace and the remarkable social, economic, security and national unity progress achieved.
  8. Denounce the unprecedented decision of a British court, which violates international law by undermining Venezuela’s legitimate authority to manage its international reserves. The States of the Alliance support any legal action that Venezuela may take to revert this illegal measure.
  9. Condemn the seizure and attempted theft by the United States of America and its imperial courts of the Venezuelan cargo aircraft YV3531, belonging to Empresa de Transporte Aerocargo del Sur S.A. (EMTRASUR). Denounce that this represents a new attempt of illegitimate and immoral looting and misappropriation of the national assets of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela abroad, which blatantly violates the economic rights of the Venezuelan people, and consequently, their human development.
  10. Express their firm rejection of the unjustified inclusion of the Republic of Cuba in the arbitrary list of alleged State sponsors of terrorism by the U.S. Department of State, which discredits the legitimate cooperation efforts of the UN and the international community in the fight against terrorism. They demand that the government of the United States withdraw this unilateral action, which has been widely rejected at the regional and international level, and which has a negative impact on the Cuban people, by increasing the country’s difficulties to enter into international trade, operate financially and procure basic supplies.
  11. Endorse ALBA-TCP strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and expressions.
  12. Support Caribbean countries in their just claim for compensation for the genocide of the native population and the crimes of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade.
  13. Congratulate the people of Grenada and the people of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis for the successful elections held on June 23 and August 5, respectively, which demonstrated, once again, the civic attitude and respect for democratic principles prevailing among the peoples of Our America.
  14. Express to both the new government of Grenada and the new government of St. Kitts and Nevis their desire to continue working together to consolidate and strengthen regional integration through ALBA-TCP.
  15. Agree to strengthen cooperation, including multilateral cooperation, to support the most vulnerable States, Small Island Developing States; landlocked developing countries, taking into account – inter alia – their concerns about the negative consequences of climate change.
  16. Highlight the cooperation, exchange and good practices developed in different areas of common interest for the members of the Alliance, such as health, education, culture, telecommunications, youth, sports, and others, to achieve the shared goals of development and inclusion.
  17. Endorse their commitment to strengthen ALBA-TCP as an essential mechanism for the union of our peoples, based on the principles of solidarity, social justice, cooperation as well as economic complementarity. New York, September 23rd, 2022