PRESS RELEASE ON THE OCCASION OF THE STATE VISIT OF PRESIDENT LUIZ INACO LULA DA SILVA OF THE FEDERATIVE REPUBLIC OF BRAZIL TO THE CO-OPERATIVE REPUBLIC OF GUYANA FEBRUARY 14-15, 2005 People’s National Congress Reform February 14, 2005




The People’s National Congress Reform takes particular pleasure in welcoming President Luiz Inàco Lula da Silva of the Federative Republic of Brazil. Our Party is confident that President Lula da Silva and his team will ensure that the longstanding, friendly and productive relationship between these two neighbours will be consolidated and where necessary expanded.

The People’s National Congress Reform takes particular note that President Lula da Silva’s visit is occurring at a time when the architecture of international relations seems to be on the brink of major changes and that Brazil itself has given impetus to this dynamic by its policies, approaches and the highly visible success of its development efforts.

Brazil is now a recognized major regional and international player in the global political economy and has made its presence felt in the negotiations taking place within the framework of the WTO, the United Nations and the Free Trade Area of the Americas. The PNCR has noted with considerable interest that Brazil continues to exercise its influence and power in solidarity with, and support for the states of the South, especially those within the Group of Twenty (G20) that it was instrumental in forming. In the light of the foregoing and against the backdrop of the impending changes at the international level in general, and the United Nations system in particular, Brazil is eminently qualified for a seat in the proposed enlarged Security Council of the United Nations.

The Party is pleased to note that in pursuit of its regional aims and objectives, Brazil has signalled that it will strengthen and improve ties and relations with the respective states of the Caribbean community and with Caribbean Community itself. In this context, it is necessary to refer to the fact that President Lula da Silva’s will address the 16th Inter Sessional meeting of Leaders of the Caribbean Community. The PNCR notes with satisfaction that within the region and beyond, the sanctity of borders remains an enduring principle of Brazilian foreign policy.

The PNCR prides itself in being architects of the excellent relations that exist between Guyana and Brazil – relations that have been characterized by understanding and mutual respect at the highest level of government. In this regard, the Party points to the visits to Brazil of President Burnham in the 1980s and President Hoyte in the 1990s and the many programmes of cooperation and assistance that have cemented and solidify the relations between our two countries.

In the context of the historical and excellent relations between our two states, it was therefore no surprise that the government and the people of the Federative Republic of Brazil were among the first to offer assistance and support to the Guyanese people in our hour of trial and need during the present unprecedented and disastrous floods. The PNCR wishes on behalf of the Guyanese people to express our gratitude to the Government and people of the Federative Republic of Brazil. The Party believes that President’s Lula da Silva’s visit represents another major step in the forging of relations between our two countries which we are convinced will redound to the benefit of our respective peoples.


People’s National Congress Reform
February 14, 2005