4 Latin America nations pull out of defense treaty

first_img(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Four benefits of having a wireless security system Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Comments   Share   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.The four nations have strongly criticized the OAS’s Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, accusing it of acting in concert with the U.S. government to target leftist governments.Bolivian President Evo Morales wants to weaken the independent commission along with a related OAS body that monitors freedom of expression. Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, joined him in criticizing the rights commission at the meeting.Venezuela has said it wants to abandon the rights body, and Ecuador has proposed that the OAS restrict the panel’s independence. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvementslast_img