Fri, Nov 23, 2007 - Page 4 News List

Brazil's envoy in Taipei stays silent on visa controversy

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Brazil's representative to Taiwan, Sergio Abi-Sad, yesterday refused to comment on a report that people applying for Brazilian visas were being asked to wait for the arrival of special paper from Brazil.

A staffer from the Brazil Business Center told the Taipei Times that only Abi-Sad was entitled to comment on the story and he would meet the press on Monday.

"Too many people want to know [the representative's] opinions and he thought that talking to the press one by one would be a waste of time," the staffer said.

The Liberty Times (the Taipei Times' sister newspaper), yesterday reported that the Brazil Business Center had stopped issuing visas to first-time applicants after running out of "special paper."

The problem didn't affect people who had previously applied for visas as the office could reuse their "special paper," while those applying for their first visa had no choice but to wait, the paper said.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Deputy Spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh (葉非比) said the ministry had expressed concern over the matter to the office.

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