Cablegate: Brazil: Urgent Demarche On Unesco Cultural
181509Z Oct 05
UNCLAS BRASILIA 002772
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD OPDC UN
SUBJECT: BRAZIL: URGENT DEMARCHE ON UNESCO CULTURAL
REF: A) STATE 189518, B) STATE 184292
1. On October 14 post forwarded (Ref A) correspondence from
Secretary Rice, under cover of a letter from the Ambassador,
to Foreign Minister Celso Amorim. To date, we have not
received a response from the GOB. Similarly, on October 17
post forwarded Ref B letter from Secretary Gutierrez, under
cover of a letter from Ambassador Danilovich, to
Development, Industry and Trade (MDIC) Minister Luis Furlan.
Again, to date, we have not received a response from the
Brazilian government to this second letter.
2. Mission FCS officers have raised the matter of the UNESCO
Cultural Diversity Convention with business counterparts in
both Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In general, our private
sector interlocutors have pled ignorance of this issue and
directed us to either the Ministry of Culture or MDIC.
Notwithstanding our efforts, the UNESCO Convention remains a
low-profile issue within Brazil.