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.