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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Western Hemisphere: Secstate Rice's Visit

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: WESTERN HEMISPHERE: SECSTATE RICE'S VISIT
TO BRAZIL, PRESIDENT BUSH'S STATEMENT ON CHAVEZ; SAO PAULO

1. "The War Continues"

Columnist Eliane Cantanhede commented in largest national
circulation daily Folha de S. Paulo (3/14): "Condoleezza Rice used
her visit to Brasilia to send a tough message to Latin America,
especially Venezuela and Ecuador. In a meeting with Foreign
Minister Celso Amorim, she said that borders should not serve as
'refuge for terrorists' and demanded 'obligations' from the region's
nations to fight terrorism. In other words, she brought forth the
position the US will adopt in next Monday's OAS meeting in
Washington. The threat of a war between Colombia (having the US
behind it) and Ecuador (supported by Venezuela) was removed by a
consensual decision that nothing justifies the violation of
Ecuadorian borders. But Bush and Rice disagree with that.... While
the US intensifies its rhetoric, Brazil once again positions itself
as a main mediator in the dispute."

2."Inopportune Interference"

Center-right, national circulation daily O Estado de S. Paulo (3/14)
editorialized: "President Bush has once again demonstrated his
inability to see the reality of a world whose political destiny
depends decisively on US foreign policy. Now it is Latin America
that was hit by White House's obscure conceptions. On Wednesday, on
the eve of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's arrival in Brazil,
George W. Bush and her main subordinate for regional affairs, Thomas
Shannon, trampled on their own feet, expressing extemporaneous
ideas. At the very moment when pressures of neighboring nations,
including Brazil, forced Hugo Chvez to adopt a surprisingly
constructive attitude, Bush decided to accuse him of keeping 'a
worrisome pattern of provocative behavior,' beginning with his links
with Colombian narco-terrorists.... With this attitude, the Bush
administration offers the conditions for Colonel Chvez to try to
resume the role of Latin America's defender against the 'Empire'
that wants to show the Bolivarian regime as a supporter of terrorism
and impose the correspondent sanctions on it. Let us hope that the
inopportune US escalation does not trample the South American
convergence achieved in the past few days."
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