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Argentina and Brazil celebrate 25th anniversary of accord which buried nuclear rivalry

Wednesday, July 27th 2016 - 15:14 UTC
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ABACC, was the result of the nuclear energy peaceful use accord, signed by then presidents Carlos Menem and Fernando Collor, in Guadalajara, Mexico. ABACC, was the result of the nuclear energy peaceful use accord, signed by then presidents Carlos Menem and Fernando Collor, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Argentina and Brazil commemorated on 18 July the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Material, ABACC, which was the result of the nuclear energy exclusive peaceful use accord, signed by then presidents Carlos Menem and Fernando Collor, in Guadalajara, Mexico.

 The date (1991) is considered a milestone for bilateral and regional relations between the two largest South American countries, which took off in 1985 when presidents Raul Alfonsin and Jose Sarney met at the Iguazú falls met to consolidate the objective of a Latin America free of nuclear weapons.

The longstanding rivalry of the two largest countries and economies in South America, which under military regimes went as far as planning the development of nuclear weapons, under the budding democratically elected governments in the early eighties put a cap on resources and development of such a path. It also helped with the foundation later that year (1991) of the Mercosur, or Common Market of the South, which marked a qualitative change in the history of regional relations.

The bi-national ABACC which was elaborated taking as an example Euratom has its main offices in Rio do Janeiro and is made up of a team of qualified inspectors which keeps watch that nuclear energy is effectively used for peaceful purposes. The teams are jointly integrated and work closely with the support from the United Nations, International Atomic Energy Agency.

After a quarter of a century since its creation in a context in which the nuclear question occupies a central place in international relations, “this sui generis model is the result of the creativity and strong political commitment from both countries”, points out an official release, adding that ABACC has also attracted a global growing interest, as a source of inspiration for similar arrangements in other regions, that with their specific challenges aspire to ensure peace zones,

For Argentina and Brazil this is a state policy, and on the 25th anniversary both countries reaffirm their commitment to the peaceful use of atomic energy, in a consensus of original formulas which contribute to international peace and security.

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  • redp0ll

    And what happens to their nuclear waste?

    Jul 28th, 2016 - 05:50 am 0
  • Enrique Massot

    Kudos to Argentina and Brazil for this example of peaceful use of nuclear resources, while other countries see it valid to use as a weapon to intimidate--or obliterate--others.

    Jul 28th, 2016 - 04:49 pm 0
  • CapiTrollism_is_back!!

    This treaty at the very least should be amended, if not scrapped. The world has changed.

    You will shortly have absolutely lunatics running the nations of Europe and North America, as they sink into failed-states driven by xenophobia, supremacism, intolerance, and blind nationalism. Every one of them you can see that is where they are heading.

    Asian countries are already fairly jingoistic and now you see South east Asian nations duking it out in the SC sea, and then Korea, Japan, China all saber-rattling in the East sea.

    India, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, etc... ditto, all falling to theocratic extremism.

    It is time Brazil and Argentina realize they will become the lone beacons of peace, and the others will become evil cesspools of hate. Thus a sophisticated missile shield should be developed ASAP by Brazil, Argentina, and any other South american nation that wishes to get involved. If not, the evil EUians, NorthAmoans, Assasians, et al will come and destroy us without any chance of at least fighting back.

    Jul 29th, 2016 - 08:45 am 0
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