Sunday, 31 October 2010


Brazil rejects any idea of NATO interfering in the South Atlantic

Brazil rejects any interference of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, NATO, in the South Atlantic or any idea of a similar organization at South Atlantic level

Oct 22 2010

Defence minister Nelson Jobim who has been meeting with US officials
made the issue “most clear” to his US counterparts, particularly any
interference in the South Atlantic.

“The South Atlantic has security questions which are very different
from those in the North Atlantic”, Jobim is alleged to have argued.

The newspaper also reports that Mr Jobim expressed fears that an
expanded area of action for NATO, speared by the undisputed power of
the United States could lead to “multilateral war actions without the
support from the UN Security Council”.

In few words the message from Brazil to US officials was that “NATO
can’t substitute the United Nations”.

Jobim had already anticipated those fears last September during a
conference at Portugal’s National Defence Institute, with the
participation of representatives from Europe, Latin America and the
United States.

At the time Jobim argued that a literal interpretation of NATO’s role
as an “Atlantic organization” could open the doors for intervention
in any part of the world, under different pretexts.

The Brazilian minister visited Washington where he met with the US
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano “to
reaffirm the shared commitment of the United States and Brazil to
strengthening the global aviation system”, according to an official
US report.

The US and Brazil signed a Joint Statement of Intent on aviation
security between DHS, the Transportation Security Administration
(TSA) and the Empresa Brasileira de Infra-Estrutura Aeroportuária
(INFRAERO), a state-owned company which operates under the Brazilian
Ministry of Defense.

“Together, the international community is forging a 21st century
international aviation security framework that will make air travel
safer and more secure than ever before,” said Secretary Napolitano.
“I look forward to working closely my Brazilian counterparts to
continue our unprecedented collaboration to better protect the
international aviation system.”

Secretary Napolitano also applauded Brazil’s support for the
International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) recent adoption of
a historic Declaration on Aviation Security—forging a new foundation
for aviation security that will better protect the entire global
aviation system from evolving terrorist threats.

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