Heads of state from the Bolivarian Alliance for the People’’s of Our America (ALBA, in Spanish) approved on Sunday a special declaration regarding the inalienable right of the people of Puerto Rico to self-determination and full independence at the second session of the XI ALBA summit.

The declaration, read by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, established Puerto Rico as a Latin American and Caribbean nation, with its own and unmistakable history, and whose sovereign rights have been isolated due to the colonial presence imposed by the United States for over a century.

It was also determined that the cause of the independence of Puerto Rico was a matter that should concern the Latin American and Caribbean region, and its organizations as well as politically cooperative entities, such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, according to the Venezuelan News Agency.

The document also manifests demands regarding freedom for political prisoners currently serving sentences due to their fight for independence and the self determination for Puerto Rico, as is the case with Oscar López Rivera, who has been incarcerated for over three decades, as well as the Avelino brothers and Norberto González Claudio, who have been linked with the clandestine Boricua Popular Army (EPB-Macheteros, as they are known in Spanish).

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February 7, 2012