Honorable President of the BolivarianRepublic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro:
As the press has reported, tomorrow Tuesday March 17, an Alba Summit will take place in Caracas to analyze the outrageous policy of the United States government toward Venezuela and Alba.
The idea of creating this organization came from Chávez himself, wanting to share with his Caribbean brothers and sisters the enormous economic resources with which nature had blessed his native homeland, the benefits of which had however landed in the hands of powerful U.S. corporations, and a few Venezuelan millionaires.
Corruption and squandering were the fundamental motivations of the first oligarchy with fascist tendencies, addicted to violence and crime. The violence and crime committed against the heroic Venezuelan people was so intolerable that it can never be forgotten, and a return will never be allowed to the shameful past of the pre-revolutionary era which led to attacks on commercial centers and the murder of thousands of people, the number of which no one can today confirm.
Simón Bolívar devoted himself entirely to liberating the continent. More than half of the best of his people struggled and died over long years of uninterrupted fighting. With less than 1% of the world’s surface area, Venezuela possesses the world’s greatest oil reserves. For a full century, the country was obliged to produce all the fuel which European powers and the United States needed. Even when today, the hydrocarbons produced over millions of years could be consumed in no more than a century, and human beings, who today number 7.2 billion, will double within 100 more years, and in 200 will reach 21 billion. Only the marvels of the most advanced technology may perhaps allow the survival of the human species for a little more time.
Why are the fabulous means of communication not used to inform and educate about these realities, instead of promoting trickery, which every one in their right mind should recognize?
An Alba Summit cannot be held without taking into account these realities which are so close to us.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has stated in a very precise manner that it has always been disposed to talk with the United States, in a peaceful and civilized fashion, but will never tolerate threats or impositions on the part of this country.
I add that I have been able to observe the attitude, not only of the people of Bolivar and Chávez, but also a special circumstance: the exemplary discipline and spirit of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. Whatever U.S. imperialism may do, it will never be able to count on them to do what they did for so many years. Today Venezuela can count on the best equipped soldiers and officers in Latin America.
When you met with officers recently, it was evident that they were ready to give their last drop of blood for the homeland.
A fraternal embrace for all Venezuelans, the peoples of Alba, and for you.
Fidel Castro Ruz
March 16, 2015
The former Cuban president discusses the importance of the ALBA integration bloc in the face of U.S. aggression.
Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro wrote a letter dated March 16 to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, highlighting the importance of the ALBA integration bloc in light of Tuesday’s emergency presidential summit in Caracas.
“This Tuesday, March 17, the ALBA Summit will take place in Caracas (capital of Venezuela) to analyze the unusual policies of the Unites States against Venezuela,” Castro wrote.
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The letter which was posted on Granma, the official Cuban Communist Party newspaper and in the Caribbean nation’s news agency Prensa Latina says: “The idea to create this organization was Chavez’s, hoping to share with his Caribbean neighbors the vast economic resources of Venezuela whose benefits had been concentrated in the hands of the powerful North American corporations and a few wealthy Venezuelans.”
ALBA, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last December, provides several member countries with Venezuelan oil at low interest rates and a long-term payment plan.
The ALBA Caribe Fund, which was created in 2006, is a mechanism to promote social economic development projects in the member states. The fund has generated US$106 million in order to fund 69 social welfare projects in 10 countries.
Venezuela sends about 100,000 barrels of oil per day to Cuba in exchange for Cuban cooperation in Venezuelan health, culture, sports, agricultural, and public registry projects.
Fidel Castro also encouraged the ALBA heads of state to address the issue of resource sovereignty while praising the nationalization of Venezuela ‘s energy resources.
Castro went on to praise the Venezuelan government for their willingness to engage in dialogue with the United States despite acts of aggression.
President Maduro said that during the summit the ALBA members would define their position in light of the recent Washington aggressions against his government and ahead of the Seventh Summit of the Americas scheduled to take place April 10 and 11 in Panama. Cuba has been invited to participate for the first time.
“We want to tell Obama in one joint voice that you have to respect Venezuela. Enough already with imperialist abuses. Time has come for a new relationship between United States and Latin America and the Caribbean,” Maduro added.
Venezuela received strong backing from the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), which held an emergency summit Saturday addressing the recent executive order by Obama declaring Venezuela an “extraordinary threat to national security.”
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