Brazil’s Lula calls Peruvian President Garcia’s education plan ‘outlandish’

Peru's and Brazil's presidents Garcia and Lula da Silva

enlargeBetter Days Peru’s President Alan Garcia, left, smiles with Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Brasilia
Photo: AP/Eraldo Peres
(LIP-jl) — Brazilan President, Luiz Inacio da Silva, called Peruvian President Alan Garcia “a leader with outlandish proposals,” referring to Garcia’s proposal of systematically integrating the region’s educational system.

President Silva stated, “he proposed an educational mega project for all of Latin America. Education is important, but if we can’t build a simple bridge together, how are we supposed to even start such a mega project?”

“Lula,” as he is referred to by Brazilians, made the comment during a meeting with social movement representatives in Brasilia.

During the meeting, Lula admitted that his words could cause “an unnecessary diplomatic crisis” and asked all those attending the meeting not to leak any of the criticisms made to his Peruvian counterpart.

The Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo informed the information was given by people who attended the meeting and requested not to be identified.

The two saw each other last week during the South American Summit held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. The Brazilian leader said Garcia needed little resources and that it could be started immediately.