Brazil will implement UN resolutions combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
24/04/2012 20:21 - Portal Brasil
The Brazilian authorities are obliged to adopt, within their respective powers, the provisions of two UN Security Council resolutions relating to combating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This determination is contained within a Decree signed by President Rousseff, published in the April 23 edition of the Official Gazette. It covers nuclear, chemical and biological arms that constitute a threat to international peace and security, as well as the means of launching and carrying these arms to their targets, such as missiles and rockets.
The resolutions implemented by the Presidential Decree are number 1,977, adopted by the UN Security Council on April 20 last year, and 1,540, which was approved by the organization on April 28, 2004. According to the Foreign Ministry, with the publication of this Decree the Brazilian government will begin implementing disarmament measures that are also to be adopted by all UN Member States. The initiative is the result of worldwide concern with terrorism and arms trafficking, among other threats to international peace and security.
In accordance with Resolution 1,540, it is a requirement for Member States to resolve any problems that pose a threat to the maintenance of regional and global stability by peaceful means. Under the terms of the resolution, this includes commitments ranging from arms control to disarmament and all aspects of non-proliferation of any weapon of mass destruction.