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World Brazil says it will call on OAS to demand answer from Venezuela on oil spill

04:40  24 october  2019
04:40  24 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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FILE PHOTO: A general view of an oil spill on Peroba beach in Maragogi, Alagoas state, Brazil October 17, 2019. SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil ’s environment minister said on Wednesday that the government will call on the Organization of American States ( OAS ) to demand an answer

FILE PHOTO: A general view of an oil spill on Peroba beach in Maragogi, Alagoas state , Brazil October 17, 2019. REUTERS/Diego Nigro/File Photo.

SAO PAULO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Brazil's environment minister said on Wednesday that the government will call on the Organization of American States (OAS) to demand an answer from Venezuela over a mysterious oil spill that has affected a large part of Brazil's northeastern coast.

Brazilian Minister of the Environment Ricardo de Aquino Salles poses on September 26, 2019 in Paris. © BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images Brazilian Minister of the Environment Ricardo de Aquino Salles poses on September 26, 2019 in Paris.

Speaking in an official message broadcast on TV, minister Ricardo Salles insisted that the oil is Venezuelan in origin, a claim the Brazilian government has maintained for over a week.

Hundreds of tonnes of oil have washed up on shore in many of Brazil's northeastern beaches and its origins have not yet been fully explained. (Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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