The Venezuelan government on Saturday expressed its categorical rejection of Colombia’s accession to the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
After Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced his trip to Belgium to be held next week to finalize his country’s membership as NATO’s “global partner”, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement highlighting that this would “be a threat to regional peace and stability.”
For the administration of President Nicolás Maduro, Colombia is ready to introduce to the region “an external military alliance with nuclear capability”, which in his opinion endangers the “historic position” of Latin America and the Caribbean with policies and actions of warmongering carried out by the Atlanticist alliance which uses force “to impose and guarantee the hegemony of a particular political and economic model.”
According to Caracas, Bogotá must “comply with international obligations” of agreements signed with regional organizations, such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which provide mechanisms “to guarantee peace and the peaceful solution of conflicts”.
Venezuela’s statement stressed that Colombia is a signatory to the Treaty of Tlatelolco for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, the CELAC Declaration of Havana, which proclaims Latin America and the Caribbean a zone of peace, as well as the declaration of South America as a zone of peace and construction of confidence and security measures, approved in the framework of the South American Defense Council of Procedures of Unasur.
According to Venezuela, Colombia’s cooperation with NATO is a threat that could “intimidate the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean.” This is likely to fall on deaf ears however, as Colombia has always been a willing servant to US imperialism.
This development confirms the Center for Syncretic Studies director and Fort Russ News chief editor Joaquin Flores’ analysis that the US is shifting its imperial project’s focus to Latin America. In 2016, Flores wrote:
“At the end of the day, it [US] must regain control as a global hegemon, or it must downsize and push its remaining inertia and residual economic and military resources into Latin America. Whether US elites choose Clinton or Trump will probably stand as the best indicator of the US’s decision either way over the next 4-8 year term…If they choose Trump, it would mean a devaluation of the dollar and an increased focus on Latin America…”