National Democratic Front Of The Philippines
July 30, 2023
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s demand that European countries respect his nation and their decision not to sign the final declaration of the summit between the European Union (EU) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) stands on just grounds. Similarly, the CELAC’s decision not to blame Russia for everything that happens in Ukraine and pushed instead for a just peaceful resolution of the conflict, deserves support of peace-loving peoples of the world.
In the third EU-CELAC Summit in Brussels on June 17 and 18 this year, Nicaragua refused to sign the final declaration because it did not include the suspension of the unjust coercive and unilateral measures against Venezuela and Nicaragua, since they violate human rights. Moreover, the Nicaraguan proposal that the EU-CELAC document to include an exhortation to the United States not to deliver cluster bombs to Ukraine, was not contained in the declaration. Nicaragua also demanded that President Joe Biden comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice, which requires the United States to compensate Nicaragua for the “acts of terrorism” committed against it in the 1990s.
Nevertheless, the CELAC countries succeeded in rejecting EU’s proposal to blame Russia for everything that happens in Ukraine and formally endorsed in the declaration supporting “…all diplomatic efforts aimed at a just and sustainable peace in line with the UN charter.”
The National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) condemns the US government in providing cluster bombs for the Zelensky government of Ukraine.
In 2008, more than 120 countries signed the Oslo Declaration prohibiting the use of cluster bombs. The US, as well as Russia, China, Israel, and others did not sign the declaration. When dropped from the air, cluster bombs detonate before reaching the earth causing more widespread damage and spread smaller bombs that get buried under the soil, leaving a field of explosive mines that will pose a danger to civilians.
The US/NATO proxy war in Ukraine against Russia is an inter-imperialist war. It is a manifestation of the continuing crisis of the moribund monopoly capitalist system. The redivision of the world among the imperialist powers goes on as they seek to continuously expand their spheres of investments and hegemony. Among the strategic aims of the US is to take over Russia’s large European market of natural gas, as well as seize control of the rare earth mineral resources in the Donbass region.
The sharpening global crisis of capitalism, and the prolonged stagnation and slide into economic recession of the US and other leading capitalist countries, intensify the push of the US to provoke wars against its imperialist rivals.
While the broad masses of workers in Ukraine are suffering, monopoly capitalists continue to rake in profits. The US military industrial complex is one of the biggest profiteers in the prolonged war. The Biden government alone has poured $76.8 billion into Ukraine, 61% of which comprises of direct provision and grants and loans for weapons and military equipment. US/NATO allied countries such as Germany, France and the UK also profit from these.
Even as the US pours billions of dollars into the war in Ukraine, it is busy increasing its military presence in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and other Asian countries, as part of its preparations of the theater of war against China.
The peoples of the world must act vigorously, build, and strengthen international solidarity among all anti-imperialist organizations, movements, and countries to mobilize the greatest numbers of people. They should demand an end to the US/NATO war in Ukraine against Russia, and to US imperialist warmongering and war preparations elsewhere in the world.
Source : https://philippinerevolution.nu/statements/support-nicaragua-and-celacs-assertion-of-sovereignty-and-refusal-to-be-dragged-into-the-us-nato-proxy-war-in-ukraine/