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Argentina/Brazil confirm South Atlantic as a peace and cooperation zone free of nuclear weapons

Wednesday, September 7th 2011 - 10:47 UTC
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Amorim and Puricelli announced advances in defence cooperation and production Amorim and Puricelli announced advances in defence cooperation and production

Argentina and Brazil defence ministers confirmed the two countries “strategic alliance” and subscribed a bilateral cooperation declaration emphasizing on the South Atlantic as “a Peace Zone, free of nuclear weapons”.

Argentina’s Arturo Puricelli and Brazil’s Celso Amorim met in Buenos Aires Monday as part of the regular round of talks on defence issues, following the recent summit in Brasilia between Presidents Cristina Fernandez and Dilma Rousseff where the two leaders reaffirmed the commitment to keep advancing in defence strategic affairs.

The declaration established a mechanism of permanent political dialogue to further sustain and deepen cooperation in defence policies plus the identification of areas of ‘common interest’ as well as cooperation in defence technology and production.

In the political-strategic field the declaration calls for keeping the “South Atlantic as a Peace and Cooperation Zone, free of nuclear weapons”, and for the organization of “combined military exercises with the possible participation of third countries”.

“Coordination of positions and actions in the framework of the Unasur Defence Council and other multilateral forums” is underlined in the declaration that also anticipates “closer exchanges in training and capacitating particularly in defence engineering” as well as further cooperation and logistics support in “Antarctic operations”.

More specifically Brazil and Argentina will cooperate in the production of the military transport vehicle Gaucho “in accordance with the needs and planning of each country” and consider the manufacturing of armoured vehicles.

Likewise cooperation extends to navy, air and space industries such is the case of the military air transport KC-390, cooperation in computer industry, cyber-defence and in the cataloguing of defence items.

A new round of talks referred to the declaration and advances in the different fields is scheduled for next November in Buenos Aires.

A next step is agreeing on security measures to protect the exchange of classified information in defence issues, currently under consideration by both sides.

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  • briton

    for a country who claims to be peacefull and non violent,
    argentina seems dead bent on staggering into conflick,
    push as you may,
    but dont you dare blame us , when bloodshed again comes to the south atlantic,
    but then its not the goverments that do the fighting is it, ??

    Sep 07th, 2011 - 11:06 am 0
  • Fred

    Good that cooperation is going on. If these are sincere words it's good to know that the only goal is to keep improving South America's defence from external forces (clearly stronger nowadays).

    Sep 07th, 2011 - 11:10 am 0
  • Raul

    It seems like a utopia, it seems repetitive, but it is very important work of these years of Nestor and Cristina Kirchner to gamble as a state policy of disarmament and non-violence and opt for dialogue and peace among peoples, the implementation of resolution 2065 UN in the sense of sitting at the negotiating table with Argentina in the Falklands conflict. This is its main strength and the fact is that Argentina has decreased significantly reducing their military spending to the essentials only. This contrasts with the aggressive arms of Great Britain to support a military base that threatens Latin America and Brazil is part of Latin America and the UNASUR is aware of this threat from Britain. Yet still the humanitarian bombing civilians in Libya along with NATO. This has fallen badly in world public opinion as this organization (NATO) is obsolete, since it was created to fight the former USSR, has become an instrument of colonialism and foreign intervention by the United States, Britain and Europe using the concept of preventive war, when they seek the face of global economic crisis is the exploitation of natural resources like oil in Libya, the Falklands and Iraq.
    Britain's proposal is violence and the threat of covert military base, a policy to intimidate South America (UNASUR). Brazil with Argentina have realized this and that is why betting on Latin American integration based on dialogue and nonviolence, and with Uruguay are the only countries that can ensure this in the South Atlantic.

    I recommend reading this link: From Nobel Laureates: open letter to Obama Pérez Esquivel two Nobel Peace prizes.

    Sep 07th, 2011 - 01:12 pm 0
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