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Military agreement Brazil – USA: the region wants

Military agreement Brazil – USA: the region wants answers

Marcelo Rech

 

Last year, Brazil led a group of countries of the region to demand guarantees of Colombia and of the United States, about the military agreement that they secured in Bogota.

 

The agreement allows seven Colombian military bases to be used by nearly 1.800 North American soldiers who act in the country.

 

Hugo Chávez made this subject his principal argument to buy US$ 5 billions in armaments from Russia.

 

In spite of the care of the ministry of the Defense, which in March informed to all the countries of the Union of the South American Nations (Unasur) about the negotiations, the subject produces discomfort.

 

Colombia, for example, wants to know if Venezuela intends to freeze the relations with Brazil.

 

It is about an intelligent irony.

 

A tradition has been Chávez’s Venezuela to breaks relations with countries that cheer up narrowing relations with the United States.

 

Why would it be different with Brazil?

 

Recently, the departments of Defense and of State of the United States complained about the lack of transparency in the negotiations between Venezuela and Russia.

 

The agreement Brazil – United States became public when the negotiations were already ended.

 

Last week, the principal person in charge for the North American foreign politics for the Western Hemisphere, Arturo Valenzuela, visited several places in the region.

 

In Ecuador, he affirmed that the agreement with Brazil was a part of the North American ordinary politics and that president Barack Obama, differently of his predecessor, values highly for the multilateralism.

 

Being practical, there are two weights and two measures.

 

The agreement that Brazil has just signed with the United States removes of Brazil any possibility to demand transparency of his neighbors.

 

It was conceived with commercial interests.

 

It can influence in the purchase and in the sale of equipments with undefined understanding levels.

 

It also attends to an ancient demand of Brazilian soldiers who for a good time were jettisoned of the North American schools by ideological disagreements.

 

Now, remains to now: will the Senate – so hard with the policies of Brazil for Iran and Cuba – collect explanations of the Minister?

 

Marcelo Rech is a journalist, editor of the InfoRel and specialist in International Relations, Strategies and Policies of Defense and Terrorism, Counter-Insurgency. E-mail: inforel@inforel.org

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