Brazil opposed to NATO role in S. Atlantic

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    Brazil opposed to NATO role in S. Atlantic

    Brazil is opposed to any NATO presence in the South Atlantic or any attempt to forge links between the north and the south of the oceanic region, senior Brazilian government
    aides said.

    Brazil's expected rebuff to any European or North American overtures coincided with pronouncements by Brazil, Argentina and other regional states they see the oil-rich southern oceanic territories as their strategic backyard.

    This week Argentina announced plans for drilling for hydrocarbons in its southern-most waters, near the narrow Magellan Strait, which connects Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Brazil's Petrobras is part of an Argentine-led consortium expected to conduct the drilling operations.

    Senior Argentine officials said they regard the region as the country's "soft underbelly" while continuing to oppose British-backed drilling for oil in the Falklands Basin further afield, southeast of Argentina.

    Earlier in the year, Latin American leaders met to discuss joint security arrangements -- and military integration farther into the future -- that pointedly excluded the United States and Canada from the deal.

    Current talks between the European Union and South America's Mercosur trade bloc are also geared toward creating an interdependent commercial bridge that will give Mercosur clout in the EU commodity markets while affording cash-strapped Europeans a share of the Latin American member-countries' import boom. Mercosur's import requirements are on the rise as its annual gross domestic product of more than $1 trillion increases in response to growth and prosperity.

    Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim made clear his country would oppose any inroads by NATO or its members.

    Having a NATO presence in the South Atlantic region would be "inappropriate," Jobim said in comments quoted by Brazilian media. Jobim made the comment during an address at the Lisbon Defense Institute in Portugal during his current European tour.

    "Security measures for each side of the Atlantic Ocean are very different from each other," he said, in a follow-up to previous comments opposing NATO, specifically U.S., moves in the area.

    Despite good Brazil-U.S. ties, Brazil hasn't hesitated in voicing its opposition to large-scale U.S. naval presence in the South Atlantic.

    Brazil wants its regional pre-eminence recognized through a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council, for which President Luiz Inacio "Lula" da Silva has been lobbying members of the world body.

    In 2008 Lula da Silva launched a major military regeneration program. He has announced plans to revive defense manufacturing, a major earner during the 1980s military dictatorship years.

    The buildup in one oil discovery after another in Brazil's waters has also fed into Brasilia's strategic concerns and the country's political ambitions, as indicated by the decision to increase Brazil's offshore frontier to 350 nautical miles.

    Ever a pragmatist, Lula da Silva indicated this week he backed equal partnerships. A new British-Brazilian agreement calls for defense cooperation in a spectrum of related sectors, including joint military production, technology transfers, education and training.
     
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    Interesting.. wonder what sourness the South Americans have against NATO. Perhaps this indignation and opposition to NATO/European presence is perhaps due to their growing prosperity, power and clout and their historic resentment of colonial powers' brute treatment of their people.
     
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    It is said America del sur es un mundo aparte - it means litterally south America is world apart (and it is). Hence why would an emerging southern power like Brazil, one who has the biggest terretory in Latin America, want to live in a NATO´s shadow? Nato is well entrenched in Europe whose genesis was Soviet Union. There was even talk about a Asian NATO, but US got rebuffed by China and mute response from India. Latin American NATO certainly mean Brazil´s regional power matrix taking the hit.
     
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    There is fear in south america especially after the falkland war that all the off shore oil in the waters of the south atlantic will be pillaged by USA-NATO ,this fear is propagated by leaders like Castro and chavez.
     
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    ^^^ But funnily enough neither Castro nor Chavez, both of whom are staunch Russian allies have said NOTHING about this... it is the so-called USA/NATO friendly Brazil and Argentina who've gone all ballistic over South Atlantic issue. Really weird :3:

    About Falkland, I feel that we must agree with Argentina as Britain's sun is setting. The islands are close to Argentinian waters and therefore the British as being as unjust on Falklands as Chinese are being towards Spratly which is Vietnamese by geography.

    And why should we not agree with Argentina? British still consider Kashmir as "disputed" rather than Indian. Perhaps giving them a piece of their own pie would make them reconsider their steps.
     

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