[Translation of an article from Folha.com of Brazil for May 29.]
by Samantha Lima
An accidental stage for Brazil’s recent response to US criticism of approaches to Iran, the Third Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations ended today in Rio , having “re-established the urgent need to face global diversity”
That’s the opinion of the UN representative to the Alliance, Jorge Sampiao, former president of Portugal. He failed to comment, however, on the the differences between Brazil and the United States on the issue.
“It is evident that the Alliance will not bring political solutions to political problems. There is always an enormous utopia in all this, situations that make things better and that make them worse. We have to work with reality and hope that the effort will bring out the strength,” he declared.
On Friday, Lula had criticized “inflexible positions” that “promote confrontations and deviate from the possibility of peace,” and then affirmed that Brazil is qualified to seek a peace agreement on the nuclear question.
Lula’s comments were understood as indirect responses to a comment by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On Friday, she had declared that Brazil and the US had “serious disagreements” regarding Iran and that the fact that Brazil, together with Turkey, had reached an agreement with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to sign an accord for the enrichement of uranium, made “the world more dangerous.”
Late yesterday afternoon, Brazilian Minister of Foreign Relations Celso Amorim commented that “many people are disappointed because the discussions produced results.
Sampaio recalled the fact that 7,000 people had registered for the event, which began Friday. “We knew that Rio is beautiful, but there is a problem with distance. There are people who have to travel for an entire day to speak for only 15 minutes. But it was surprising,” he said.
The UN representative declared that the challenge for the next forum, to be held in 2011 in Doha, Qatar, will be to bring in 10,000 inscriptions…