Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Big up for Brazil?

Brazil was discussed at foreign office questions in Parliament yesterday:

"Tony Baldry (Banbury) (Con): There has been a lot of talk about reforming the United Nations. Does the Minister envisage a time when countries such as Brazil, or indeed India, will become members of the Security Council, or is it Her Majesty's Government's line that there can be any reform of the UN provided that the existing Security Council membership stays static?

"Mr. Rammell: I think that the hon. Gentleman is aware of our current policy, which is to be in favour of expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council. Brazil is currently a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Nevertheless, we believe that in an expanded permanent membership, Brazil is the pre-eminent country from Latin America, and we would be content with that position."

Hansard, 15 Jun 2004 : Column 629-30

Will they be dancing the streets of Rio or Sao Paulo to that faint endorsement?

Somehow I think not.

Wonder what the Argentines will make of it as well...

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