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Brazil trusts new Colombian government will help solve row with Venezuela

Friday, July 23rd 2010 - 22:19 UTC
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Presidential foreign affairs advisor Marco Aurelio García Presidential foreign affairs advisor Marco Aurelio García

Brazil is following “closely and with great concern” the latest developments between Colombia and Venezuela said the Brazilian Foreign Office, Itamaraty, confirming that President Lula da Silva will be travelling to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez next August 6, as was scheduled.

“The Brazilian government is following closely and with great concern the latest developments between Colombia and Venezuela, including the breaking of diplomatic relations of the two countries. The Brazilian government regrets such a situation”, said an official release from Itamaraty Palace.

Further on it mentions that Lula da Silva spoke on the phone with Chavez and “transmitted the willingness of Brazil to contribute in overcoming the differences between Colombia and Venezuela”.

On Thursday the Venezuelan government broke off relations with Colombia following claims that it “tolerates” the presence of Colombian guerrillas in its territory, a position which was formally presented before the OAS Permanent Council.

Lula da Silva and Chavez agreed to continue talking about the issue when the Brazilian leader visits Caracas next August 6.

The following day Lula da Silva will be flying to Bogotá for the taking office ceremony of Colombian president-elect Juan Manuel Santos.

Brazilian Deputy Foreign minister Antonio Patriota held contacts with his Colombian counterpart, Clemencia Forero and expressed “Brazil’s constructive willingness to help find a diplomatic way out for the current situation”.

Brazil’s presidential advisor on Foreign Affairs Marco Aurelio García said Brasilia will do its utmost to ensure it all has a good ending and revealed “contacts have already taken place”.

“I think the whole situation is regretful but we are convinced that with the coming of the new Colombian government (August 7 when President Alvaro Uribe steps down) these things can find a quick way out”, added García.

“I believe the Venezuelan government is willing to negotiate with the new government of president Santos”, he underlined.


Categories: Politics, Brazil, Latin America.

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  • Billy Hayes

    Brazil is being sorrounded by “allies” (USA-Isr-GB). Colombia, central america, manta, estigarribia, etc. -
    But they know they can count with their historical ally.
    Brazil only war in history they won was side by side with river plate.

    Jul 24th, 2010 - 02:42 am 0
  • Nicholas

    “Brazil only war in history they won was side by side with river plate.”

    Oh really? The only war? Mmmm, I also read that they won the war against the nazies by sending (500.000 troops or more) to Italy without being side by side with river plate. They, the Brazilians (not clowns from Argie land,Uruguay or which ever hispanic south american nation) were the only Latin American nation who were side by side with it's greatest ally...the US. That's why we here respect the Brazilians and of course for the beautiful women..Lol.

    Jul 24th, 2010 - 03:59 am 0
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