Brazilian FM, Clinton discuss Honduran crisis

10:37, November 27, 2009      

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The Brazilian Minister of External Relations Celso Amorim reaffirmed Thursday the divergences with the United States about the crisis in Honduras before the beginning of the Amazon basin countries and France Summit on climate change in Manaus, Brazil.

Amorim had an over-one-hour talk over phone with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday, and Honduras was one of the topics of the conversation.

For Brazil, the Honduran elections scheduled for late this month will not be recognized if deposed Honduran President Jose Manuel Zelaya is not restituted to his presidency. However, U.S. President Barack Obama, on his turn, will recognize it.

"There is an obsession that if Brazil does not agree with the United States a beam will fall on our heads. There are not major divergences," said the Brazilian minister.

According to Amorim, what is important is that Brazilian President Lula da Silva and Obama always manage to discuss issues in a very friendly tone.

He has also emphasized that the Organization of American States (OAS) is not divided by half. The Brazilian position is shared by all the Latin American and Caribbean countries, while only the United States expresses a different opinion.

"The coup d'etat cannot legitimate a government, but we will not turn this in a confrontation point. It is not interesting even for the United States that Honduras becomes (exclusively) connected to them," said Amorim.

Source: Xinhua
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