the second Seminar jointly organized by Brazil and Norway on the
subject of Peace and Reconciliation, in Oslo, September 14,
2007; Brazil continued its efforts to facilitate the
Palestinians quest for having a state of their own. Minister
Celso Amorim of Brazil discussed ways to provide Palestinians
with more opportunities for economic development while providing
Israelis with security for their nation. Mr. Amorim expressed
with grave concern to the Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr
StÝre that the Palestinian-Israeli conflict represents an
important unsolved Question to the Brazilian people as well as
the rest of the world.
Mr. Amorim stated that there will be no durable peace in the
Middle East without a permanent solution for the Palestinian
people. Additionally Mr. Amorim expressed Brazilís uneasiness
with unilateral initiatives the Israeli government has been
taking. He also mentioned that Europe and the international
community should take Norwayís lead and work with the
Palestinians to ensure that dialogue between Palestinians and
Israelis persists, rather then confrontation. Mr. Amorim also
praised the peace efforts and humanitarian aid including
assistance to non-governmental organizations made by Norway to
the Palestinians as a goodwill partner.
The Brazilian Governmentís special envoy for Middle
Eastern affairs, Ambassador Ouro-Preto, was also present at the
seminar on Peace and Reconciliation.
Mr. Amorim also stated that Brazil also values the relation to
Israel, and sees itself in a unique position to talk to both
Brazil has already expressed to the Madrid Quartet nations and
international entities made up of the United States, Russia, the
European Union and the United Nations, its readiness to
participate more actively in international efforts to compel
Israel to bring to an end the occupation of the Palestinians.
Brazil also wants Norway to convince other European nations to
take action in accelerating the peace process between the
Palestinians and the Israelis.
The Brazilian Palestinian National Interest Committee (BPNIC) is
working on strengthening the relation between Brazil and the
Palestinians. Brazil was the first Latin American country
granted observer status by the Arab League, of which Palestine
is a member.
BPNIC wishes to increase the Brazilian contribution in helping
the Palestinians achieve their dream of having an economically
viable and independent state, to exist peacefully along side
Israel. BPNIC considers that a Palestinian state can contribute
in providing for peace in the Middle East.
BPNIC views that this new vision from Brazil will bring some
positive energy into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and is
currently working on establishing special groups between
Brazilians and Palestinian to help economic development in the
Palestinian territories and provide for a peaceful solution to
the Question of Palestine.