Thursday, July 13, 2006

Brazil Rejects Mercosur Military Bloc

A report published by Correio Braziliense states that “Brazil has taken a step back in talks with neighbouring countries over the creation of a South American Defence Council”, a NATO like bloc recently proposed by Hugo Chavez.

The bloc creation is on the agenda of the ministerial meeting scheduled for this week in Bogotá, however, the Brazilian newspaper quotes a Ministry of Defense officer declaring the matter as closed and making it clear that Brazil wouldn’t join such a bloc. “We received intelligence that this 'NATO of the South' thing was being espoused by the United States, so that it could be manipulated by the latter against sub-regional threats" says Correio's source.


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