Celso Amorim To Attend Peace Conference in Annapolis
Representative Vieria da Cunha,
President of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Lower House and the head of
the Political Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Abdullah
Abdullah in Brasilia, October 2007.
Speaker of the Palestinian Legislative
Council Ahmed Qorei shakes hands with Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim in
Ramallah, February 2005.
BPNIC Briefing, November 2007
The Department of State on Wednesday, November 21 2007,
announced that it is dispatching Foreign Minister Celso
Amorim to the US-hosted peace conference in Annapolis,
Maryland on November 27, the Agence France-Presse reported.
The announcement by the Department of State follows weeks of
discussions amongst Brazilian leaders including House
Representatives Vieira da Cunha, Aldo Rebelo and Nilson
Mourão. The head of the Political Committee of the
Palestinian Legislative Council, Abdullah Abdullah, was also
present at the start of discussions, linked to the Peace
Conference and in a broader context the Brazil-Palestine
relation. Mr. Abdullah was invited at the request of
Representative Vieria da Cunha, president of the Foreign
Relations Committee at the Lower House.
According to Mr. Vieira da Cunha, a document containing
signatures will be sent to the leaders of the 40 countries
invited to the conference, to international organizations
and promoted among the Brazilian society, asking that
concrete measure are taken to secure a nation for
According to Representative Nilson Mourão, president of the
Brazil-Arab Countries Parliamentary Group, there will be a
parallel meeting for parliament members to coincide with the
conference in Annapolis. The meeting, will be held in Brazil
and will promote a Palestinian State to exist and for the
problems in the region to be definitely solved.
President Lula, initially the one going to participate in
the conference, was invited to the conference through a
request made by President Abbas to the United States during
the 62nd General Assembly of the United Nations, in New
President Abbas, in July 2007, omitted for the first time
any reference to armed struggle against Israel from the
Palestinian National Authority government platform.
With the support of its members, the Brazilian Palestinian
National Interest Committee continues to promote Brazil as
key for Palestinian-Israeli peace, and promote Brazil's
interests in the Middle East by urging its members to
maintain contact with Members of Congress, to support
important initiatives that would lead to the creation of a