G-8 Summit Opens with Spotlight on Aid for Africa

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Rusutsu, Japan (AP) It was the main topic of the summit three years ago, and African aid has been the focus of the first day of talks at this year's G-8 summit in northern Japan.

Activists have accused some of the major economic poers of not following through on aid commitments to Africa made in 2005. One group says the G-8 has delivered three billion of the 25 billion dollars it pledged.

Expanding the G-8 is an idea being raised by French president Nicolas Sarkozy . He says it's time to invite China, India, Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa into the fold.

On the sidelines, President Bush met with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, as well as the head of the African union.

Discussions tomorrow and Wednesday will shift to climate change.

It's unclear if even getting an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050 is Possible. The Bush administration continues to insist on cooperation from China and India.


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