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Cablegate: Ambassador Reviews Bilateral Issues with Brazilian

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 BRASILIA 000097

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FOR P, E, G, EEB, INL, IO, AND WHA

E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/14/2018
TAGS: PREL ENRG SENV SOCI SNAR UNSC BR
SUBJECT: AMBASSADOR REVIEWS BILATERAL ISSUES WITH BRAZILIAN
U/S EVERTON VARGAS

REF: A. BRASILIA 0084

B. BRASILIA 0085

Classified By: AMBASSADOR CLIFFORD M. SOBEL, REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)

1. (C) Summary. The Ambassador, joined by PolCouns
(notetaker), met with Ministry for External Relations (MRE)
Under Secretary for Political Affairs Everton Vargas on
January 11 to raise Kosovo independence (ref A) and possible
Brazilian participation in UNAMID (ref B). Vargas was joined
by chief of staff Antonio Salgado, North America desk
director Joao Tabajara, and an officer from the International
Organizations division. During the meeting, Vargas and the
Ambassador also discussed the proposed defense cooperation
agreement (septel), the FDR Award, the move of two key MRE
officials to Geneva, climate change negotiations, biofuels
cooperation, pending agreements on diplomatic property and
counternarcotics cooperation, U.S. visas for Brazilian
participants in MINUSTAH, and upcoming high-level visits. In
a brief one-on-one discussion, Vargas informed the Ambassador
that the GOB would be consulting with India on a strategy for
approaching the USG jointly regarding UN Security Council
Reform. End summary.

FDR Award
---------

2. (U) Vargas began by commending the Ambassador for the FDR
Award recently given to three Brazilians--one of whom was
Vargas' son, a diplomat trainee at the MRE's Rio Branco
Institute--for papers written on the United States. (Note:
Vargas' son was selected by a panel of experts who read each
paper without knowing who the author was. End note.)
Commenting on the large number of Brazilianists in the United
States, Vargas lamented that lack of Americanists in Brazil,
adding that the MRE program on the United States is weak. He
said he has been thinking of sponsoring a meeting of U.S. and
Brazilian academics to promote exchange on the two countries.

Key MRE Officials Moving Out
----------------------------

3. (SBU) In response to the Ambassador's question, Vargas
confirmed that U/S for Economic Affairs Roberto Azevedo and
FM Amorim's Chief of Staff (and Azevedo's wife) Maria
Nazareth Azevedo would both be heading to Geneva soon, the
former as Brazil's ambassador before the WTO, the latter as
ambassador to the UN in Geneva. Vargas went on to say that
these moves reflect a broader philosophy of FM Amorim to move
younger diplomats into key positions. At a meeting in of
Brazil's ambassadors held the previous week in Brasilia,
Amorim had explained to them the importance of "renovating"
Itamaraty's presence through the appointment of this younger
generation of diplomats.

Climate Change
--------------

4. (C) The Ambassador asked if Vargas was indeed going to the
Major Economies Meeting in Hawaii at the end of January.
Vargas confirmed he would be going, along with Climate Change
Envoy Amb. Sergio Serra, Ministry of Environment Secretary
for Climate Change and Environmental Quality Thelma Krug,
Ministry of Science and Technology's General Coordinator for
Global Climate Change Jose Domingos Gonzalez Miguez, and the
new chief of the MRE Division for Environmental Policy and
Sustainable Development Andre Odenbreit Carvalho. He
stressed that stories in the press suggesting he might not go
were untrue; he had never considered not going. (Note: MRE
subsequently told ESTH Counselor that the delegation will
not/not require Portuguese interpretation. End note.)

5. (C) Vargas described the USG participation in Bali as
"very constructive" despite the U.S. negotiators' "tough
instructions." He said the Indians brought similarly tough
issues to the table in the G-77 discussions. But he feels
there is no other alternative to these all-party talks, and
noted that MRE Director of the Department of the Environment
Luiz Alberto Figueredo Machado will chair the next segment of
the negotiations under the Convention. He concluded that,
while the MEM process cannot replace the Convention, this
kind of additional dialogue is useful.

Biofuels

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6. (SBU) The Ambassador asked about progress on our biofuels
cooperation. Vargas confirmed that he hoped he and U/S
Jeffery could hold a Steering Committee meeting on February
29 in Washington (rather than March 7 as proposed by US).
This timing would ensure a report could be made to the
Secretary and FM Amorim when they meet. The Ambassador asked

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about the naming of Brazilian private sector members to the
advisory group. Vargas said it had been done already. When
the Ambassador noted that, as of January 9, at least one
proposed Brazilian member was still not sure if they would be
invited, Vargas gave instructions to his staff to find out
where the invitations stood. Vargas added that the MRE has
proposed a March 3 meeting between Vargas and U/S Dobriansky
on the U.S.-Brazil Common Agenda.

7. (SBU) The Ambassador asked about the long-pending
reciprocal visit of U.S. scientists to Brazil. Vargas agreed
it needs to happen quickly, and asked Salgado to make sure
they propose a date, preferably one before March. He said he
would like to co-host with the Embassy a meeting of the U.S.
and Brazilian scientists at Itamaraty to discuss next steps
following their visit. To the Ambassador's suggestion that
the Ministry of Science and Technology might be prepared to
take the lead on this initiative, Vargas said that only the
MRE is in a disinterested position that allows it to convene
all of the various GOB entities involved.

8. (SBU) The Ambassador raised the importance of looking
toward the next group of countries in which to undertake
biofuels cooperation under the MOU. Vargas said he was
concerned about announcing engagement of new countries
without first have clear results from our initial
collaboration. He said he has asked for an assessment of
concrete results our work has had. He added that he did not
want to rush into new countries, but only select them after
careful prior consultation. The Ambassador suggested that,
nonetheless, the next Steering Committee meeting would be an
opportunity to share information on which countries each side
saw as potential candidates.

Pending Agreements
------------------

9. (U) The Ambassador raised the pending Letter of Agreement
on counternarcotics cooperation. Vargas said he was
following it closely and that it had just gone to the legal
office that day (note: lower levels in Itamaraty had led us
to believe it was already in the legal office before the
Christmas holidays. End note.) Vargas raised the property
agreement, confirming that it was in the president's office
and that he had asked them to rush their analysis so it could
go the President for signature. He said that MRE had already
drafted a reply diplomatic note, and would send it as soon as
the decree was published.

MINUSTAH Visas
--------------

10. (SBU) Vargas raised with the Ambassador the MRE's concern
that an expedited process in Port-au-Prince for MINUSTAH
forces to obtain visas had been ended, making it impossible
for them to take R and R in the United States. The
Ambassador promised to look into it. (Note: Post has since
looked into the issue with Embassy Port-au-Prince and is
looking for ways to accommodate Brazilian participants prior
to departure from Brazil. End note.)

Upcoming Visits
---------------

11. (C) Vargas asked if dates had been set for a visit by the
Secretary to Brazil. The Ambassador said he understood that

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March 14 and 15 were being discussed in Washington, as part
of a larger trip to the region. Vargas said that, if the two
stops planned were still Brasilia and Salvador, it would be
best to do Brasilia first, as he does not believe President
Lula ever receives foreign visitors on Saturday. Vargas
proposed a February 11 for a visit by U/S Burns, saying that
he felt it important for the two to meet prior to the
Secretary's visit. He said that, if the February 11 did not

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work, he was free the rest of that week, as well.


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UN Security Council Reform
--------------------------

12. (C) In a one-on-one sidebar after the meeting, Vargas
told the Ambassador that Brazil was working with India on a
strategy for engaging the United States on the issue of UN
Security Council reform.

SOBEL

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