Venezuela calls for Third World alliance

Jorge Arreaza.

The Third World countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America should form an alliance in order to “end imperialist domination,” Venezuelan vice-president Jorge Arreaza has said.

Arreaza proposed a Third World alliance during a speech at the Asia-Africa Summit in Indonesia on April 25. Speaking as a special Latin American representative, Arreaza told the audience the alliance was needed to overthrow imperialism and end the unipolar system imposed on Southern nations.

“The alliance between Asia, Africa and Latin America today is not only needed, it is indispensable,” said Arreaza. “From the South, we will determine, freely, the future of the world for the people.”

The vice-president reminded the audience that former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez had strongly advocated the need for the three continents to unite to fight against harmful Western policies and forms of control.

He said the challenge was not simply about “not being aligned with power and a sphere of influence. Today, the challenge is much greater … to not be aligned with injustice … and to fight against wars, disrespect for international law and to fight against colonialism in all its forms, combat hunger, to not be aligned with discrimination nor domination in all its forms.”

As an example, Arreaza reiterated Venezuela's solidarity with Palestine, which has experienced significant oppression under Israel's expansionist policies.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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