CARACAS, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- The eight member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) Friday jointly criticized the NATO intervention in Libya.
During the opening of the sixth Political Council of the regional organization, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said one of the main issues of the meeting was to analyze the political situation in Libya after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government.
Maduro said ALBA had "raised the flag of truth to denounce the lies" and the new "world media dictatorship" which justify the occupation of Libya.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla said the NATO member countries, led by the United States, were committing an international crime in Libya under the guise of a preventive war.
Rodriguez condemned NATO for murdering innocent people under the excuse of defending civilians, saying NATO had violated the UN procedures.
The foreign ministers reasserted the position of their governments of not recognizing the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC).
The ALBA countries also expressed their support of the rights of Libya, Syria and Palestine in the upcoming UN General Assembly annual meeting later this month.
Maduro said they would launch an international diplomatic offensive to support Libya, recognize the Palestinian cause and avoid a war in Syria.
ALBA is a regional organization for integrated cooperation. Its members are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Venezuela.
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