- The Washington Times - Monday, November 15, 2004

BRAZIL

Asian leaders call on da Silva

BRASILIA — After bidding goodbye to Chinese President Hu Jintao, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will turn around and host the leaders of South Korea and Vietnam — all part of his eager campaign to win markets for Brazilian products and build alliances among developing nations.

“Brazil is discovering Asia, and Asia is discovering Brazil,” declared Edmundo Fujita, director of the Asia-Oceania Department at the Brazilian Foreign Ministry.

Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong was due to arrive in Sao Paulo last night to attend the first meeting of a Brazil-Vietnam business forum. Tomorrow, Mr. da Silva will welcome him here in Brazil’s capital.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is doing the trip in reverse: He will visit the Brazilian president today, then travel to Sao Paulo, which has the largest Korean community in Latin America.

COLOMBIA

Pre-dawn quakedamages two hospitals

BOGOTA — Six persons were hurt and two hospitals were evacuated after a strong earthquake shook a large part of western Colombia yesterday, the government said.

The epicenter of the quake, with a preliminary magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter scale, was about 30 miles from the coastal town of Bajo Baudo in the jungle province of Choco near the border with Panama.

HAITI

Canada demands Lavalas in elections

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin has told Haitian leaders that deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Lavalas Family political party must take part in new elections.

A brief visit by the Canadian leader on Sunday led to the largest assembly of Haiti’s interim government officials, political parties and members of Mr. Aristide’s party since the elected president was exiled in February after a bloody rebellion and amid pressure from the United States and France.

Lavalas leaders have accused the U.S.-backed interim government of hunting down and jailing Aristide supporters. Weekly notes …

A Canadian group seeking to recover a World War II bomber from the North Atlantic off Ireland hopes that a special survey next year will pinpoint its location. The group’s leader, Karl Kjarsgaard, 53, an Ottawa-based airline pilot, has been trying to find a complete Halifax bomber to preserve as a memorial to Royal Canadian Air Force aviators at a museum in Nanton, Alberta. About 100 Canadian air crews flew 39,000 missions during the war. … Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is to make a three-day visit to Cuba for talks with President Fidel Castro next week after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Chile. Mr. Badawi is to lay a wreath at the Jose Marti Memorial and tour Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.

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