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Brazil asks South American nations to join cyber treaty
November 25, 2013, 7:04 am

Brazil is calling for UN action after revelations of excessive electronic surveillance by the US [Getty Images]

Brazil is calling for UN action after revelations of excessive electronic surveillance by the US [Getty Images]

Brazil and Argentina are urging the South American bloc UNASUR’s Defense Council to discuss a bilateral treaty on cyber-security, following the Edward Snowden surveillance leaks.

Argentine Defense Minister Agustín Rossi met his Brazilian counterpart, Celso Amorim in Brasilia and agreed to incorporate all South American countries in their bilateral treaty on cyber-defense.

This was the ministers’ second meeting in three months to discuss the issue. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff had earlier reiterated her charges against the US, saying the NSA surveillance program is economic espionage borne out of commercial and strategic interests.

“I think that the UNASUR bloc has a common defense strategy,” Argentine minister Rossi told reporters.

Rossi called on other South America to enroll in this cyber-defense strategy.

“In order to preserve the region’s progress, we should consider this policy,” he added.

Argentinian military officers will train in, what Rossi called “cyber-war” at Brazil’s Superior War College in Rio de Janiero.

Brazilian officers will also be travelling to Buenos Aires to learn at the Army’s University Institute. Defense minister Rossi was also invited to Brazil’s Electronic War Centre by Amorim.

Brazil said the South American defence council should urgently convene a meet to discuss the fallout of the US National Security Agency snooping fallout.

“However, while we wait until joint decisions are made in the South American sphere, we can work bilaterally as we are doing with Argentina” indicated Amorim.

According to leaked Snowden documents, Australia and the United States are reportedly using their embassies in the capitals of 90 countries to tap information for intelligence operations.

Source: Agencies

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