Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso began his April 21,
 NPC luncheon presentation by saying that the real miracle
in Brazil was not his recent stabilization program, but democracy.
"In order to achieve democracy, freedom was very important and a
free press played an essential role in that matter," he said.
President Cardoso added that he was in the U.S., not because of
Brazilian domestic issues, but because he believes that the time
has come for Brazil to assume a more responsible partnership in the
discussion of worldwide programs and problems. "Brazil is ready
to be a partner. A partner means that we want to know in advance
what's going on, what's next, and to see to what extent we can
support decisions," he said. "And if so, we are ready to
participate" in the efforts including world peacekeeping. The
National Press Club Record Volume XLV, No. 16. April 27,
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