Brazil Still Friends With Chavez After ‘Bush Is the Devil’ Remarks

Celso Amorim, Brazil’s Foreign Relations Minister,  did not want to comment on the speech delivered by Venezuela’s president Hugo Chávez, yesterday, September 20, at the United Nations General Assembly, in which he called the president of the United States, George W. Bush, the "devil".

Amorim said that Brazil maintains good relations with both countries.

"Brazil is a country friend of Venezuela and of the United States. I know that from both sides exist strong scars, but our stand is to try to contribute to a dialog. It is not easy, but we have to make an effort to find the better road," said the Brazilian chancellor.

Amorim reiterated Brazil’s support to a seat for Venezuela at UN’s Security Council, but he added: "The support given a country doesn’t mean that we agree with all viewpoints that that nation might have, much less with adjectives used in speeches and interviews".

As for negotiations with Bolivia concerning oil company Petrobras’s interests, the Brazilian minister said that he is looking for balance:

"We are not asking them to go back on their nationalization, our wish is that Petrobras become strong. But the solution has to be just and viable from the economic point of view. If it is viable only economically and is not just it will not sustain itself politically. If it is only just, but without economic viability, it won’t be possible either."

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