TODAY VENEZUELA – The Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), of which Ecuador holds the pro-tempore presidency, rejected what it described as the implementation of “coercive” policies by the United States against Venezuela, informed on Thursday Ecuadorian Foreign Affairs Minister Ricardo Patiño.

The regional organization passed a resolution expressing its “rejection of the implementation of coercive, unilateral measures contrary to the international law,” the diplomat noted.

The document also deplored the recent decree issued by US President Barack Obama describing the situation in Venezuela as a “threat” to US national security, and stressed that it needed to be “reversed.”

The Celac also urged the governments of Barack Obama and Nicolás Maduro to “engage in dialogue under the principles of sovereignty, non-interference in the internal affairs of the States, self-determination of peoples, and democratic and constitutional order.”