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G8 summit again pledges to help Africa

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G8 summit again pledges to help Africa


Ending their three-day summit meeting in Germany, the leaders of the G8 nations pledged to spend 45 billion euros to fight the spread of disease in Africa – particularly Aids, malaria and tuberculosis. But anti-poverty campaigners expressed disappointment and complained that very little new money had actually been promised

The host of the conference, Germany’s Angela Merkel, said: “What we want is a stronger co-operation with the African countries building on that within the institutional frameworks where we can control to what degree promises have been followed through on. And the African countries made it clear that Africa also has a responsibility within the framework of the UN Millennium goals of halving poverty by 2015. So it’s not a one-way street, but it is an intensive process.”

There was no end to the deadlock over independence for the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo. Merkel said they will keep talking: “We discussed the subject of Kosovo – Kosovo’s future. There are still very different views, but next week there will be further talks among the chief negotiators, to resolve this problem, because time is short.”

The summit supported “further measures” against Iran if it continues a uranium enrichment programme and called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programmes and stop testing missiles.

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