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93/12/17 Press Remarks with ForMin of Brazil
Office of the Spokesman

Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release                        December l7, l993


Department of State
Washington, D.C.

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Good morning.  I am very pleased to welcome here 
Foreign Minister Amorim of Brazil.  Brazil is such a fantastic country, 
so vast and so powerful.  It is a real pleasure to meet with its Foreign 
Minister and to talk about our common problems.

Brazil becomes a member of the Security Council this year, and thus our 
negotiations and our dealings will be even closer.  I think it is a 
reflection of their importance in this hemisphere.  I look forward to 
beginning discussions with him as we plan for a hemispheric summit.  We 
have a number of matters to discuss here today -- issues involving 
intellectual property protection, as well as non-proliferation, but they 
are in the context of a long and close relationship.

I welcome the Foreign Minister here to Washington and I look forward to 
-- I believe it is your first visit, isn't it?

FOREIGN MINISTER AMORIM:  It is my first visit as Minister, yes.  I 
think that we also have to congratulate ourselves with the conclusion of 
the Uruguay Round in which we worked together very effectively.

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Well, I welcome you here and I welcome you to 
make a statement, Mr. Minister.

FOREIGN MINISTER AMORIM:  Well, it is very important for Brazil to have 
an ongoing dialogue with the United States.  It is the most important 
single partner of Brazil, individual country, and Brazil not only being 
the biggest country in Latin America, but the one which has more greater 
number of neighbors and also the biggest GNP.

We are certainly a partner of importance for the United States in this 
new dimension of an Latin American policy that's been started by the 
Clinton Administration.  So, we are also looking forward to discussing 
some of the issues that the Secretary mentioned and also some like 
transfer of technology and also access to the American markets in the 
context of this hemispheric initiative.  Thank you.

QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, a question about the hemisphere.  There are 
some questions arising about whether the United States is still actively 
pursuing the return of Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Haiti?  Is that still 
the U.S. policy to get Aristide back in Haiti?

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Absolutely.  There is a story this morning in 
one of the papers that struck me as being quite inaccurate.  The "Four 
Friends" of Haiti met in France this week, decided that they would send 
a delegation to Haiti to try to pursue the Governor's Island Accord to 
try to find new mechanisms for the restoration of democracy and for the 
return of President Aristide.

I don't pretend at all that the path will be easy, but the United States 
is resolute about pursuing the restoration of democracy and the return 
of President Aristide.  I think we are going to try to find some ways to 
reactivate the Governor's Island Accord which seems to us to continue to 
be the right structure to move forward with.  

QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, the stories seem to have to do with the 
personal style of President Aristide as much as anything else.  Does the 
United States still hold him in high regard?  Does he still have your 
complete confidence?

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Well, our dealings with him here in the United 
States -- others have dealt with him more than I -- have found him 
responsive and effective in those meetings, and I think he is a key 
factor in the meetings.

We had a very high regard for Prime Minister Malval and we hope that he 
has not left the scene permanently as far as being effective in this 

I will say that this is a time of transition here where we need to try 
to move to a new mechanism that can help to achieve the structure of the 
Governor's Island Accord.

QUESTION:  Mr. Secretary, on another front, there is a report this 
morning that you are lobbying hard for three billion dollars more in 
foreign aid, and that you going to talk to President Clinton about it 
today.  Can you confirm, deny, or elaborate on this?

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Well, we've had -- I think the press has been 
briefed here on, generally speaking, what we're going to be saying to 
the President.  I wouldn't want to disclose with precision exactly what 
I'm going to be saying, but let me emphasize this:  We're participating 
in the process that the President set up.  We're working within the 

This is budget time and I'm going to make as strong a case as I can for 
the State Department programs.  They are the President's programs as 
well.  I believe in them.  I know he believes in them.  I understand and 
sympathize with the problem he has on allocation of resources, but my 
job is to put before him the best case I can for the kinds of programs 
that I believe in so deeply -- the population program, the environmental 
program, the peacekeeping program, the need to have the State Department 
operations adequately funded -- and then he will have to make those 
decisions.  But I would stress we are operating properly within the 
process and we are going to make the very best case we can.

QUESTION:  When is the "hemispheric summit" that you referred to 

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  Ralph, there has been no date set for the 
hemispheric summit.  Notionally, we are talking about sometime in the 
middle of next year.  That will certainly be an exceedingly important 
event when it comes about, because it will bring together the heads of 
democracies in the hemisphere.  I'm not sure it's the first time, but it 
will be certainly a historic event when it happens.

I think perhaps the Minister and I will go about our discussions.  Thank 
you very much.

QUESTION:  Do you plan to go to Brazil soon?

FOREIGN MINISTER AMORIM:  I will invite him.

SECRETARY CHRISTOPHER:  I certainly hope so.  I'd love to go to Brazil 
and it's certainly in the back of my mind.  Would you like to go Ralph?  
(Laughter)  See if we can't work that out.


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