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Brazil Refuses to Take Part in Chí¡vez’s “Axis of Good” Proposal

Brazil’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Celso Amorim, declared that the idea presented by the presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia, Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales, respectively, to create an "axis of good" in opposition to Washington’s "axis of evil," was "obsolete." Amorim discarded Brazilian participation in the idea.

"I do not believe there is an axis of evil or an axis of good. That is a simplistic vision of reality. The whole idea of confrontation is out of date, it is something from the 1970s and has no place in a globalized world," said Amorim.

The Brazilian Minister made these remarks after participating in the closing ceremonies of a meeting with 60 Brazilian ambassadors who hold posts abroad.

Regarding the Brazilian interest in becoming a permanent member of the United Nations’ Security Council, Amorim stressed that he is going to do his best this year to advance the idea. "If we are able to define something this year, great. If we can achieve another kind of progress,  it won’t be as good, but I think we are going in the right direction," he said.

Commenting on the negotiations in the Hong Kong’s ministerial meeting, the chancellor stated that there were important advances. "I think you need to have a deadline (in April) for eliminating export subsidies, this is of the utmost importance,  because this was in the air," he emphasized.

To the ambassadors who are serving overseas, the Brazilian Foreign Minister stressed how important are the negotiations in the World Trade Organization as well as Latin America’s integration.

According to Amorim, these are priority matters to the foreign policy the Brazilian government has been adopting. "Today, Latin America is our main commercial partner, in a time when our exports to the European Union have also been growing".

Among the series of measures taken during Lula’s three years in government concerning foreign policy, Amorim said that he is betting in multilateral negotiations. "This doesn’t concern Brazil alone. I think this is everybody’s concern,"  he concluded.

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  • Guest

    answer to that is your official statemen
    The 1% – 2% is because most products where Brasil has a strong competitive suffer from execessive US tariffs, hence represent a very small share of US imports. However, if you consider sectors where US import tariffs are low (aerospace, bank automation software); Brasilian products dominate.

  • Guest

    That is your official statement….
    ….but behind the scenes…..you not only agree but conspirate against the USA.

    Time will come in a not too distant future when the USA will show you their bill on your own table.

    They will remember and refresh your memories as to how/when you betrayed them.

    They can live and grow without you but you cant without them ! You represent very little to them economically but they are by far your biggest buyer. They buy around 20 % of your exports but you represent only 1 or 2 % of their exports.

    Time is on their side.

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