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10BRASILIA51 2010-02-18 13:08:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Brasilia
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Ambassador Shannon's Meeting with MOD Jobim

Tags:   PREL MOPS BR MASS 
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E.O. 12958: DECL: 2020/02/18
TAGS: PREL MOPS BR MASS
SUBJECT: Ambassador Shannon's Meeting with MOD Jobim

CLASSIFIED BY: Thomas Shannon, Ambassador; REASON: 1.4(D)



1. (C) 1. (C) During Ambassador Shannon's introductory call
February 5, Minister of Defense Nelson Jobim described the overall
bilateral security relationship as strong and transparent. He said
he favored expanding it this year, first through a Defense
Cooperation Agreement (DCA), then through an information security
agreement. He hopes to sign the DCA during his proposed February
23 visit to Washington, if the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
approves in time.





2. (C) Jobim praised the U.S.-Brazil partnership in Haiti,
particularly the strong working relationship of Generals Keen and
Peixoto. He described his visit to Haiti two weeks earlier and
called the situation "extremely fragile." Jobim derided concerns
expressed by Venezuela of a "U.S. invasion" of Haiti, saying that
the proximity of the United States and its capacity to move large
amounts of material made it natural for the USG to play a leading
role in relief efforts. Given the extent of U.S. and Brazilian
operations, Jobim thought there would be potential for exchanges of
lessons learned. He underlined the importance of the UN
approaching Haiti's future form the point of view of "constructing"
the country rather than simply providing security and said that
MINUSTAH will need an improved UNSC mandate to be effective in this
role. According to Jobim, Brazil will be making further
investments in Haiti's future, projects which Ambassador Shannon
noted will present additional opportunities for cooperation.





3. (C) Ambassador Shannon said that he had seen President Lula's
(and Jobim's) denial that there was a final decision in the FX2
competition. While the sale has been conducted as a commercial
transaction, its significance for the bilateral relationship should
not be overlooked. The unprecedented decisions regarding the
transfer of U.S. technology in support of the Super Hornet show the
high level of confidence the USG places in its partnership with
Brazil. Brazil, as it makes a decision, should try to consolidate
and protect this important advance.





4. (C) The MOD gave a summary of security issues in the South
America region, stressing the importance of building regional
institutions to reduce the risks of conflict. Jobim spoke of his
efforts to ameliorate tensions between Colombia and Ecuador
following the 2008 bombing of a FARC facility inside Ecuador by
Colombian forces. Contacts between Defense Ministers, through the
South American Defense Council (SADC), he said, had been key to
managing the after effects of the strike, providing a good test
case for the SADC. Jobim told Ambassador Shannon that Brazil has
offered to help monitor the Colombia-Ecuador border as a confidence
building measure. He was less optimistic about Brazil's ability to
manage Venezuela and expressed concern about Chavez's increasingly
complicated domestic situation. He worried aloud about the impact
in Venezuela if Chavez resorted to violent repression of
demonstrators.
SHANNON