March 22, 1977
Letter to Hugo Abreu on a Conversation between Vice-Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Admiral José Calvente Aranda and the Argentine Ambassador Oscar Camilión
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Brasília, March 22nd 1977 Dear Hugo,
According to that information system, here goes some more:
Yesterday, the Deputy Chief of EMFA, Admiral ARANDA, had lunch with the Argentinian Ambassador, at the latter’s invitation.
From their private conversation, ARANDA reported me the following:
a. The Ambassador declared to be completely sympathetic to Brazil and wishes to strengthen our friendship and cooperation.
b. President VIDELA himself showed interest in coming to Brazil, which surprised even the Argentinian Foreign Relations staff.
c. On Itaipú Power Plant, the Ambassador said it was of lesser importance, even dismissing it as a matter of internal affairs.
d. According to the Ambassador, the Venezuelan and Mexican positions are such because they must be “backed_up” by the United States to look like democracy leaders in Latin America.
e. According to the Ambassador, this would be the right moment for our countries to release a joint statement on nuclear affairs, which would strengthen even further both countries’ positions, since it would disprove any insinuation regarding nuclear bombs.
Nothing further for now, my regards,
Abreu reports a conversation in which ambassador Camillión revealed President Videla’s desire to visit Brazil, implying that Itaipu was a sensitive issue, but of domestic nature. The Argentine government suggested a joint declaration on nuclear issues to turn away international suspicions on "the production of the bomb."
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