Celso Amorim 311.
(photo credit: AP)
will no longer be involved in mediation regarding the nuclear Iran
issue, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told the Financial Times on Monday.Amorim argued
Brazilian attempts to broker a deal were drowned out
by the UN's call for additional, more strict sanctions on Iran.
“We were directly involved in seeking a solution and we were encouraged
to do that,” Amorim said, “and then when we produced a result it had no
consequence. On the same day that the agreement was produced, before it
had even been analyzed, the immediate response was the request for a
[UN] resolution [on sanctions].”
senior US official deemed Brazil's move appropriate, as he noted that
their vote against the UN sanctions on Iran placed the country in a
“I don’t see Brazil or Turkey really being in a position to act as a
mediator,” the official said, “having voted against the sanctions, they
are really not neutral.”