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Brazil unwilling to fuel controversy with Venezuela

Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Celso Amorim said Monday that he would call both the Venezuelan Ambassador to Brazil and Brazilian Minister of Communications to have a talk about their tough remarks on public TV.

"We, in Brazil, are not interested in feeding any controversy," said Amorim, and wondered that the impasse "was an involuntary thing," AP reported.

"Let us talk with the Venezuelan ambassador (…) He is fully entitled to advocate and clarify his country's points of view. But also, when addressing to a Brazilian minister, he should observe certain limitations concerning terminology," Amorim told journalists at the Foreign Ministry.

"I ought to talk to Minister Helio Costa for the same purpose," the minister added without providing further details on the day and time of the talks.

Last Friday, Venezuela's Ambassador Julio García Montoya regretted in a press release that Costa, when defending the Brazilian government plans to open a public TV channel, dismissed fears of inadequate use and explained, "State TV is what (Venezuelan President Hugo) Chávez does."

García Montoya called "outrageous and dangerous" Costa's words.


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