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G8 pledge on Africa fails to impress critics

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In the presence of leaders from the developing world the G8 members have agreed on a 45 billion euro pledge to fight AIDS and other killer diseases in Africa. It re-commits the group of eight top industrialised nations to promises made 2 years ago at another summit.

Ghana’s President, Agyekum Kufour, representing the African Union, said the recipients also had responsibilities: “Africa expects the G8 to deliver on promises and on Africa’s part, we’re also committed to delivery. So it will be a real partnership. And we also said we should reinstitute the mutual accountability organ which will ensure both sides deliver on promises,” he said.

But anti-poverty campaigners say the package on offer now falls short of UN targets. The final day of the conference in northern Germany will address the issues of Kosovo and Iran.