Cuba strongly rejects the activation of the TIAR

Havana - Cuba has denounced the shameful decision to activate the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), a political instrument that envisions the use of military force, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry turns down activating TIAR under the pretext of describing Venezuela as a threat to peace and security in the hemisphere.

In reality, it's Washington with its interventionist Monroe Doctrine and its hostility towards Venezuela that is endangering regional peace and security, the statement underlines.

Again the discredited Organization of American States (OAS) was the vehicle for this ignominy, though a group of dignified governments openly opposed the decision, it adds.

Invoking TIAR -it continues- that the United States used to justify military interventions and aggression in the region that caused so much pain and death, 'is a deliberate attempt to provoke a situation that could trigger the use of the force to overthrow the legitimate government of President Nicolás Maduro.'

That position is openly opposed to the principles of International Law and the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, the document upholds.

By rejecting such decision, the Cuban Foreign Ministry calls on governments and nations of the world to oppose a measure that seeks to justify, through an artificial legal protection, intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela, which is unacceptable.

The TIAR member States in the Permanent Council of the OAS agreed to set up a consultation body and called for the second half of September a meeting of foreign ministers to address what they called the Venezuelan crisis.

On May 14, 2013, the Venezuelan Government denounced that instrument and, along with other countries in the region, withdraw from it, so Caracas ignores any obligation arising from that agreement.

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