Aug. 29, 2003
SAO PAULO -(Dow Jones)- Brazil's foreign ministry Friday said it "profoundly laments" a pie attack launched against high-ranking U.S. trade official Peter Allgeier.
The attack left half of Allgeier's face and suit jacket covered with marshmallow cream. The pie protest was carried out in Rio de Janeiro Thursday by a university student who said he belonged to an anti-globalization group called Bakers Without Borders.
Allgeier, the U.S. Trade Representative's co-chair for creation of the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas, was meeting with his Brazilian counterpart Adhemar Bahadian when the attack occurred.
After the incident, the USTR official said the timeline for talks to form the trade area for the Western Hemisphere will be maintained.
Brazil's foreign ministry said Foreign Minister Celso Amorim called Allgeier " immediately after" the incident "to express solidarity" and said the attack " isn't typical of the Brazilian traditional of hospitality."
It added it's sure the "isolated incident won't affect the serene climate surrounding (FTAA) negotiations."
-By Terry Wade, Dow Jones Newswires; 5511-3145-1479; firstname.lastname@example.org
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