The New York Times
November 26, 2009
relations with much of
presidential election in
foreign policy adviser to President Luiz Inacio Lula da
The de facto leader of
has said he hopes the election will end a political
crisis that began when soldiers placed President Manuel
Zelaya on an airplane and sent him into exile on June 28.
announced an official position on the election, but
American officials have implied that the Obama
administration will support the outcome, saying that
recognition of the presidential election was not
contingent on Mr. Zelaya's reinstatement.
bad for the
Marco AurÃ©lio Garcia, said after he had spoken on the
telephone to the White House national security adviser,
Gen. James L. Jones.
Mr. Garcia said that "very important countries - the
majority in terms of population and political weight -
won't recognize" the results of the election.
Neither Mr. Micheletti nor Mr. Zelaya, who has been
living in the Brazilian Embassy in
capital, since sneaking back into
September, is running for president.
would herald a new era in Latin American diplomacy,
after eight years of the unpopular Bush administration
and decades of perceived meddling by
"It would be good if that expectation were not
frustrated," Mr. Garcia said he had told General Jones.
Mr. Garcia and other Latin American diplomats contend
that recognizing the election will essentially
legitimize a coup in a region that has been
consolidating its democracies.
He and others say that conditions for free elections do
not now exist in
"The election has the fingerprints of a coup," Mr.
Garcia said. To accept the results of the election, he
added, would encourage "another country to adopt the
same solution - `We don't like this president; let's topple him.' "
Mr. Garcia, who said that Mr. da Silva shared his
views, explained his concerns to General Jones in what
he described as a friendly conversation.
"General Jones thanked me and said he would discuss it
with his colleagues in the White House," he said.
Mr. Garcia insisted that Brazil, which has been seeking
a growing leadership role in the region and beyond, was
not trying to challenge the
what you do between friends - you say, `Hey, that's not O.K.,'" he said.
several countries will respond by seeking
countermeasures in the Organization of American States,
Mr. Garcia said.
"The O.A.S. itself would deal with that and I already
heard from some members that
from the O.A.S.," he added.
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