‘Pig-Headed’ Brazil’s Lula Talks to Bush, Says World Will Still Get Trade Accord

Bush and Lula during US president visit to Brazil The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva says that he believes the Doha round global trade talks have not failed and anticipated that Brazil will insist that negotiations should continue until a satisfactory agreement for all is reached.

"I don't think the Doha round has failed. I think that there have been difficulties and when there are difficulties it's better to stop and rethink how to continue," said Lula during his weekly broadcast program "Breakfast with the President."

He added it was possible to take advantage of the advances so far, and at the political level "to cut into those existing small differences which impeded an agreement" at the recent WTO (World Trade Organization) Geneva ministerial meeting.

Lula revealed that he had been on the phone with US president George W. Bush and that while in Beijing for the inauguration of the Olympic Games he would talk with Chinese president Hu Jintao and on the phone to India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The ministerial meeting in Geneva last month failed precisely because of differences mainly between the US and India regarding farm produce safeguards.

"We have chances of reaching an agreement. Last Saturday I was on the phone with President Bush and was straight to the point: it is not possible that two important countries such as the US and India which are discussing a nuclear agreement don't have conditions to reach an agreement on the food issue, when there's so little to be overcome."

Lula went on to say that those speculating with the end of negotiations are going to loose, "because we will succeed with a Doha Round agreement; it can take another month, two months, but we are going to conclude them successfully."

"We are going to continue insisting. Everybody knows I'm pig headed and we are going to reach an agreement. It's only a matter of time," he added.

The Brazilian president underlined the significance of an agreement for the world's poorest countries and recalled that negotiations have demanded seven years but again began evolving in the last two years.

"When we asked the Europeans to be more flexible with their agriculture market and when we asked the US to lower its farm subsidies it's because we want poor countries to be able to sell their produce to the rich and thus motivated, they can produce more grains and food. So this way we won't have a food crisis in our hands as we have now," he said.

Lula pointed out that Brazil will continue trade negotiations in all multilateral instances and in agreements between Mercosur and other blocks such as the European Union.

"And we will continue to insist in lowering subsidies because it's shameful that rich countries subsidize their exports. That is highly damaging for competition."

As to Brazil's role in the last Doha round Geneva meeting "we acted responsibly on accepting an agreement on industrial products and we want others to assume the same responsibility and risks we've taken."

Nevertheless he admitted that the Doha round problems are more "political than technical" since presidential elections are scheduled for next November in the US and in India the following year, "and this has great implications because farmers in the world are many and have a strong voice."



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  • BABA


  • BABA

    Swiss Midget!!!
    THE SUPREME IDIOT OF THE ALL!!!! 😀 😀 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉

  • ch.c.

    To Forrest, you are somewhat under the reality !
    America has only 60 % more population than Brazil (300 mio – 191 mio).
    But Brazil has OVER 3 times more crime rate, when adjusted for population size, than Brazil.
    Yesssssss 55’000 homicides in Brazil against 15’000 in the USA.

    End results ? Brazil has around 6 times more crimes…than in the USA, not 2 times as you said.

    And the idiot is Baba, because his arguments or counter arguments are as empty as his brains !!!

  • forrest allen brown

    every forgin compain that exports to the US should have to have a
    office set up in the US and carry product libilty insurance on the junk they sell in the states
    as the number of law suits from misused products are climbing in the US
    from other countries as they cant sue there own compaines or countries for money they turn to the US
    fro money from the courts

    stay off the pipe you are to far gone now

  • BABA

    Allan Brown …
    YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT!!! 😉 😀 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉

  • forrest allen brown

    not much humor there
    try this one

    when brasil gets its head out of lula butt and see how much he has sold off or taken them we will know
    who had the better president .

    including the ones killed in the war the US has a lower loss of life than brasil does at piece .

    with twice your population brasil has twice as many people starving to death on the streets .

    and when the US can ship our products to every country that wants us to take on there low grade
    lead base , toxic toys , plactis , woods , meat , chicken .
    and the US not tax them as the US products are taxed in brasil , china , inda
    then the talks will move on .

  • ………….

    A little levity
    Lula: Bom dia Vossa excelÀƒªncia Presidente Bush, aqui Àƒ© Lula falando.

    Bush: What?

    Lula: Acho que a soluÀƒ§Àƒ£o para os problemas do Doha pode ser…

    Bush: Who is this? Speaky ENGRISHÀ¢€¦À¢€¦[speaking in the background to his wife] Laura, thereÀ¢€™s some funny speaking guy on the phone, did the girls give out our number in Argentina again?

    Lula: Pois nÀƒ£o, Senhor Bush se eu pudesse ter sÀƒ³ um minutinho pra arrumar um tradutorÀ¢€¦.

    Bush: [to Laura Bush] JezLuise Laura… how many times have I told those girls not to be given out this number, someone important maybe calling and I need to be the decider. We donÀ¢€™t need no Juan Valdez ringing up the girls for a booty call.

    Lulaˢ۪s translator: Mr. President, I have the Squid on the line in Brazil.

    Bush: You have what? A squid on the line? Well, reel her in partner. Donˢ۪t let that baby dangle out there too long or yaˢ۪ll lose er..

    Lulaˢ۪s translator: No President Bush, I have the Squid Inacio da Silva, the President of Brazil on the line, he wishes to talk about Doha.

    Bush: ohhhh LUUUUUULAÀ¢€¦ howÀ¢€™z my cachcaca pounding favourite wetback doing?

    LulaÀ¢€™s translor: The President has a solution to the talksÀ¢€¦

    Bush: I have a solution for me?

    Lulaˢ۪s translator: No, the president of Brazil has a solution in regards to the breakdown of Doha and how to proceed

    Bush: What breakdown?

    Lulaˢ۪s translator: You know; the world trade agreement! [Getting agitated]

    Bush: I like fish

    Lulaˢ۪s translator: What?

    Bush: I can see a day when people and fish can coexist.

    [Lula screaming in the background] o que ele falou? Ele quer pescar?

    LulaÀ¢€™s translator [speaking in the background to Lula]: Sim, ele falou que gostou peixe… nao fez sentido…

    Bush: I hear yaˢ۪ll have some great fishing in Argentina.

    LulaÀ¢€™s translator: Meu Deus do ceu, que idiotaÀ¢€¦

    Bush: whatÀ‚´d you say?

    Lulaˢ۪s translator: I said that the President of Brazil wishes you all best and you are doing a great job.

    Bush: Of course, everyone luvs America.. weÀ¢€™re liberators..we democracy givers, weÀ¢€™re, well, just dang freedom giversÀ¢€¦ look at Iraqy and how swell freedom is taking roots..

    [Lula in background] deixa pra la, e deixa eles ciarem na merda delesÀ¢€¦. Vamos falar com China…

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