• http://www.washingtonpost.com, By Associated Press
Four Latin American countries announced Tuesday that they’re pulling out of a regional defense treaty while pressing for changes in the Organization of American States.
The foreign ministers of Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Nicaragua said on the final day of an OAS meeting that their countries are withdrawing from the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance.
Ecuadorean Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the treaty, originally signed in 1947, was created as a U.S. initiative and it’s no longer relevant. The treaty says an armed attack against any OAS member state is to be considered an attack against all of them.
Patino said at a news conference with his counterparts from the other three countries that they decided “to throw into the trash something that’s no longer useful.”
It was a largely symbolic decision by left-leaning allies that belong to the Bolivarian Alliance, or ALBA bloc, that have joined in calling for changes to the Washington-based OAS.
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