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    IRAN/IRAQ WARFRONT AND SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

    Brazil is supplying both sides in the Gulf War with its best-selling armoured car Cascavel, a top Brazilian journalist claims.

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    1. IRAN/IRAQ WARFRONT, RECENT
    LV AND GVs Armoured cars, helicopters and field guns being used in Iran/Iraq war front zone (5 shots) 0.20
    2. SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, JUNE 14 1984
    SCU Brazilian journalist Roberto Godoy speaking in Portuguese (SOT) OVER SHOTS OF Cascavel combat vehicle (8 shots) 0.55
    3. SAO PAULO, BRAZIL, JUNE 14 1984
    SCU Brazilian journalist Roberto Godoy listens to question before replying (2 shots) 2.09
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    Background: IRAN/IRAQ WARFRONT AND SAO PAULO, BRAZIL

    Brazil is supplying both sides in the Gulf War with its best-selling armoured car Cascavel, a top Brazilian journalist claims. Roberto Godoy of the newspaper o Estado de Sao Paulo, in an exclusive interview with Visnews, says Brazil has no official contract to supply Iran with arms, but he believes that deals made indirectly amount to a massive hundred million dollars. It has long been known that Brazil has an official contract to supply arms to Iraq. The Government of Saddam Hussein is negotiating its 14th arms supply contract since 1979. This year's, the biggest yet, totals a record 300 million dollars. But, Mr. Godoy alleges, Iran has been an "illegitimate client" for the Brazil armoured car Cascavel for more than a year. Some squadrons had been captured in battles on the front, including the more modern versions. This had been confirmed recently by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Tehran, Mr. Godoy said. He added Brazil didn't sell the arms directly, but they were sold through professional intermediaries in Europe and found their way to Iran. This had been going on systematically for 12 to 15 months, Mr. Godoy said. The Foreign Ministry officially deplored the practice but recognised it can't control all arms exports. The Brazilian arms trade is booming. The Third World's biggest arms dealer is expected to overtake Britain and France to reach third place in the world by 1986. Brazil's great strength in the international arms market is its reliability compared with western and communist suppliers. They have often had to suspend sales following political differences with purchasing governments. There are no strings attached to Brazil's arms sales. There's no doubt the country's financial crisis--it is the Third World's largest foreign debtor--has benefitted the domestic arms industry by spurring foreign sales.

    Source: REUTERS - BRIAN SEWELL

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD61SVX5NUJXZ22GZ25PBYUC39
    Media URN:
    VLVAD61SVX5NUJXZ22GZ25PBYUC39
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:10:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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