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Brazil: Bush will be more 'multilateral'

Nov. 4, 2004 at 7:39 AM

BRASILIA, Brazil, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Brazil's foreign minister predicted Thursday President Bush would take a more "multilateral" approach to issues such as terror during his second term.

"I have confidence -- and maybe this is just ingenuity on my part -- that we will have a Republican government (in the United States) more multilateral, similar to the government of Bush's father," said Celso Amorim, referring to the former president whose administration headed up a multinational force during the first Iraq war in the early 1990s to expel then Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from Kuwait.

The current conflict in Iraq doesn't have nearly the same level of international support in terms of troop deployment and has been roundly criticized by world leaders including Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

"In order to create peace, it is necessary to work with the United Nations and work multilaterally," Amorim reaffirmed.

Brazil has been a staunch proponent of confronting global terror within the parameters of the United Nation's but also believes the international body is in need of reform, particularly the Security Council.

Lula has lobbied continuously in the last two years for Brazil to become Latin America's first permanent member of the council.

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