News



DATE=5/18/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232427
TITLE=BRAZIL / INDIA (L ONLY)
BYLINE=GEORGE MEEK
DATELINE=RIO DE JANEIRO
CONTENT=
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INTRO:   BRAZIL HAS REVOKED AN AGREEMENT WITH INDIA FOR 
COOPERATIONON PEACEFUL USES OF NUCLEAR ENERGY.  V-O-A'S 
CORRESPONDENT CORRESPONDENT GEORGE MEEK REPORTS THE STEP IS A 
PROTEST AGAINST INDIA'S NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTS. 

TEXT:   BRAZIL'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS INDIA'S FIVE TESTS LAST 
WEEK RUN COUNTER TO THE OBJECTIVES OF NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION 
AND DISARMAMENT, AND PUT INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND SECURITY AT 
RISK. 

TO PROTEST THE EXPLOSIONS, BRAZIL NOTIFIED INDIAN AMBASSADOR 
ISHRAT AZIZ TODAY (MONDAY) THAT IT HAS RENOUNCED AN AGREEMENT 
SIGNED IN JANUARY, 1996, BY THE NUCLEAR ENERGY COMMISSIONS OF THE
TWO COUNTRIES.  THE ACCORD CALLED FOR COOPERATION TO DEVELOP NEW 
APPLICATIONS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY IN MEDICINE AND AGRICULTURE, WITH 
A COMMITMENT TO AVOID HARMFUL RADIATION OR ACTS THAT COULD 
ENDANGER INTERNATIONAL SECURITY. 

BRAZIL'S ACTING FOREIGN MINISTER, SEBASTIAO DO REGO BARROS, SAYS 
THE AGREEMENT HAD NOT BEEN IMPLEMENTED. 

               /// BARROS ACT WITH TRANSLATION //

            IT WAS STILL UNDER STUDY. NO PROGRAMS HAD BEEN 
            CARRIED OUT UNDER THE AGREEMENT. WE WANTED TO 
            DEMONSTRATE BY REVOKING THE AGREEMENT THAT WE DO NOT 
            CONCUR WITH INDIA'S POLICY OF EXPLODING NUCLEAR 
            DEVICES. 

                                 /// END ACT ///

MR. BARROS SAYS EXECUTION OF THE ACCORD WAS DELAYED BECAUSE OF 
FUNDING PROBLEMS ON INDIA'S SIDE.  DURING A VISIT TO BRAZIL 
EARLIER THIS MONTH BY INDIAN PRESIDENT K-R NARAYANAN THE TWO 
GOVERNMENTS EXPRESSED HOPE THAT IT WOULD SOON BE PUT 
INTOPRACTICE.  

INDIA'S EMBASSY IN BRASILIA HAD NO IMMEDIATE COMMENT ON BRAZIL'S 
DECISION TO SUSPEND THE AGREEMENT. (SIGNED)



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18-May-98 4:27 PM EDT (2027 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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