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Cablegate: Media Reaction: Unga; Sao Paulo

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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION: UNGA; SAO PAULO


"Lula In New York"

Center-right national circulation daily O Estado de S. Paulo (9/26)
editorialized: "President Lula da Silva met with President Bush in
New York and heard a proposal for a reasonable reduction of
agricultural subsidies in exchange for a greater Brazilian opening
to industrial goods imports.... If Bush really wants to include
Doha's final agreement in his political legacy, he will have to
devote much effort to concluding the negotiations in a few months
because American politicians will soon be focusing on the 2008
elections. It is hard to say whether President Bush's political
capital will be sufficient to obtain from the Congress the necessary
concessions to conclude the round. Opening the UNGA, President Lula
made a predictable defense of ethanol and biodiesel production as
part of the solution to the world's environmental problems.... Lula
correctly observed that if millions of people starve in several
regions of the world today, this is not because of food shortage,
but of lack of income to buy food. There is enough food in the most
productive nations for both internal consumption and export. The
most efficient farmers could produce much more if there were markets
for their crops.... The industrialized world continues to deal the
cards in the environmental policy game, and such a policy is
increasingly mixed with international trade questions. Pressures
favoring protectionist actions on behalf of ecological and sanitary
goals have been increasingly strong in Europe. In Washington there
is a discussion of a new proposal to encourage the emerging nations
to adopt environmental protection policies. The risk of enlarging a
protectionism disguised as environmentalism is increasing."
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