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Brazil: Macron calls for international cooperation against Amazon fires

2019-08-24T14:35:06.586Z

In a TV address, the French president called on the G7 nations to help Brazil fight the forest fires. The Amazon is a common property.



At the start of the G7 summit, French President Emmanuel Macron called on the participating economies to work together to fight the fires in the Brazilian rainforest. "The Amazon is our thing," Macron said in a TV speech on French television.

The French President had set the TV address short term. Public statements of this kind are rather unusual before international meetings. Already shortly before the beginning of the G7 summit, Macron put the issue of forest fires even more quickly on the agenda. The 41-year-old announced on Friday in the round of the most influential industrial nations with US President Donald Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel and other statesmen and top women politicians talking about the reforestation of the Amazon rainforest and its financing.

Support from Angela Merkel

Since January, there are more and more major fires in Brazil in the Amazon region. The number of fire and fire clearings has risen by 83 percent compared to the previous year. International has caused concern because the rainforest generates oxygen and plays a significant role in the global climate. The rainforest area in South America is also referred to as the "green lung" of the earth.

Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed with Macron's challenging words. The French president is right when he says our house is Brenne, according to Merkel. Before leaving for Biarritz, the Chancellor also called for the G7 countries to advise on how to support and help in Brazil. In contrast to France, Merkel does not consider economic sanctions to be a suitable means of pressure in dealing with Brazil. The Federal Government said that the destruction of the rainforest would not be contained if it hindered the trade agreement between the European Union and the Mercosur Alliance in South America. The pact contains an "ambitious" chapter on sustainability and binding rules on climate protection. Not completing the deal is therefore not the "appropriate" reaction to the current situation.

Bolsonaro announces military action against forest fires

The Mercosur Alliance includes Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. In a dispute between Macron and Brazilian President Jair Bolosnaro on Twitter, Macron threatened to put the Mercosur trade pact on hold for the time being. Ireland also joined the threat. Bolsonarolkte now in the face of international pressure. "Protecting the forest is our duty," Bolsonaro said when he signed a decree ordering the deployment of military forces in the fight against the fires. Since Saturdays, troops were deployed in the affected areas to help contain the fires. One is aware of the responsibility and will act to combat deforestation and criminal activity that endangered people in the Amazon. "We are a zero-tolerance government in crime, and in the ecological field, it will not be any different," says Bolosonaro. EU Council President Donald Tusk has made progress in ratifying the trade agreement with the South American Mercosur states dependent on a credible commitment by Brazil against the forest fires.

Since Friday evening, the seven largest business nations meet in the French coastal town of Biarritz. The G7 nations include the United States, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, Canada and Japan. Brazil, on the other hand, does not belong to the G7 round. According to Macron, the meeting in Biarritz "ten to fifteen times" cheaper than previous G7 meetings. According to French parliamentary spokesman Sibeth Ndiaye, Parliament had earmarked 36.4 million euros for the meeting. This would cost eleven times less than last year's Quebec meeting in Canada. However, it is not known if the costs of using the 13,000 security forces in the 36.4 million euro are included. At the G7 meeting in Schloss Elmau in Bavaria two years ago, the federal government had spent 63 million euros plus an additional 49.7 million euros to help Bayern in the danger.

Source: zeit

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