The Ministry of External Relations, Commerce, and Integration of Ecuador regards the United States Government’s decision to impose unilateral sanctions against the Venezuelan state enterprise PDVSA — as well as others — as an action contrary to the sovereign right of a country to maintain commercial relations with any country in the world.
In the case of PDVSA, it being a Venezuelan state enterprise, not an enterprise of transnational interests, the sanctions would also be in violation of the fundamental principles of international law codified in the Charter of the United Nations and particularly in Article 1 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights.
Thus Ecuador condemns this action of the United States for the negative repercussions that its unilateral decision could have on the trade, investment, and economic and social development of the affected nations, particularly of the brother nation the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
The original communiqué was published on the Web site of the Ecuadoran Foreign Ministry on 25 May 2011. Translation by Yoshie Furuhashi (@yoshiefuruhashi | yoshie.furuhashi [at] gmail.com).