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50 years of the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean – Tlatelolco Treaty

February 14, 2017 - 17:00


Photo: PO/MFA

Latin America and the Caribbean celebrate today, February 14, the 50th anniversary of the Tlatelolco Treaty, an instrument that established the first zone free of nuclear weapons over a densely populated area. The signature was motivated by the desire to ensure the absence of such weapons in our geographical surroundings, guarantee that our nuclear facilities be used exclusively for peaceful purposes and promote atomic disarmament.

Brazilian diplomacy has historical ties with this Treaty, having made significant contributions to its negotiation and adoption. It was also today that Brazilian Ambassador Luiz Filipe de Macedo Soares was reelected by acclamation, for a second term as Secretary General of the Agency for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean (OPANAL).

In celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Tlatelolco Treaty, Brazil renews its commitment to a world free of nuclear weapons.

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