President Ernesto Geisel of Brazil has returned home after gaining West German agreement to further joint nuclear research.
President Ernesto Geisel of Brazil has returned home after gaining West German agreement to further joint nuclear research. The new deal follows a 1975 pact and involves the development of nuclear reactors in Brazil. It has led to some international opposition, especially from the United States, because of fears that nuclear weapons might be produced from the enriched uranium.
SYNOPSIS: President Geisel's five-day state visit to West Germany included a trip to West Berlin where he was welcomed by the Governing Mayor, Dietrich Stobbe.
The previous day the Brazilian leader had signed the controversial agreements with West Germany. Under them West German and Brazilian research centres will co-operate to develop gas-cooled fast-breeder reactors and high-temperature reactors. The two countries also signed co-operation agreements for research on reactor safety and the treatment of nuclear waste.
Castle Charlottenburg in Berlin was the venue for a meeting between President Geisel and officials, including the President of the Berlin Assembly, Peter Lorenz and NATO military leaders. Opposition from several countries towards the new pact has arisen because brazil has not signed the international nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The latest agreement follow a 1975 pact under which West Germany promised to supply Brazil with eight reactors, a fuel-recycling plant and nuclear enrichment facilities. Brazil may not yet have signed the non-proliferation treaty, but President Geisel did not hesitate to add his name to Berlin's Golden Book at the end of his visit.