(posted June 22, 11:28 a.m.)- In apparent response to the U.S. government’s decision to suspend the fiscal-transparency waiver for Nicaragua, the Political Council of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) is calling on its member nations to expel USAID from their countries, according to a statement published today in Cuban state media and picked up by EFE.
According to the wire, the ALBA political council formed by Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Nicaragua and Venezuela, is denouncing the U.S. International Development Agency of being a “factor of perturbation against the sovereignty and political stability” of the ALBA nations. The leftist bloc is accusing USAID of “meddling openly” in their countries’ affairs by financing groups and projects that are “destabilizing the legitimate governments” of the ALBA nations.
“In most of the countries of ALBA, USAID—and its different organizations and facades—is acting illegally and with impunity, without any legal structure, to finance illegitimate media outlets, political leaders and non-government organizations,” the ALBA declaration reads.
“Our countries don’t need any external financing of any type to sustain our democracies and consolidate the will of the Latin American and Caribbean people,” the declaration adds.
In conclusion, the Political Council of ALBA calls on the leaders of the various ALBA nations to “immediately expel USAID from our countries.”
In the case of Nicaragua, the cancelation of the transparency waiver, which was suspended as a result of Nicaragua’s opaque handling of Venezuelan aid under ALBA, terminates $3 million in USAID funding for the Nicaraguan government. USAID, however, continues to invest some $27 million more in projects and programs led by civil society.