Skip to comments.African leaders call on G8 to honor aid pledge
Posted on 07/07/2008 5:13:46 AM PDT by Abathar
TOYAKO, Japan (Reuters) - African leaders urged the Group of Eight rich nations on Monday to keep promises to help their continent and pleaded with them to remember that soaring oil and food prices were making their poverty worse.
The G8 has been accused by activists of reneging on the promise made at its 2005 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, to double aid by 2010 to $50 billion, half of which would go to Africa.
"Some African leaders just wanted to emphasize that while appreciating G8 leaders' commitment to help Africa in past G8 summits, they just wanted to point that they would like to see these commitments fully implemented," Japanese Foreign Ministry spokesman Kazuo Kodama said.
"They also sent their message that they would really like to see no backtracking, as such, on the part of G8 leaders on their commitments."
The issue of African poverty topped the agenda at the start of a three-day G8 summit in Japan, closely linked with rising food and fuel prices and the contentious topic of how to fight global warming, which the leaders will tackle later in the week.
Citing a final draft of the G8 leaders' communique, Japan's Yomiuri newspaper reported on Monday that they would call rising food and oil prices a "serious threat."
Japan invited the leaders of Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania to join the day's discussion at a luxury hotel wreathed in fog on the northern island of Hokkaido.
"African leaders asked for the G8 leadership to help those who are hurt significantly by rising oil prices, such as showing their leadership in talks with OPEC countries," a Japanese official said after the meeting.
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To hell with your economies and all the aid we have received so far, YOU WILL PAY US NO MATTER WHAT!!
(African leaders urged the Group of Eight rich nations on Monday to keep promises to help their continent and pleaded with them to remember that soaring oil and food prices were making their poverty worse. )
Where are the Hundreds of Billions of dollars given to these African Leaders over the last 10-12 years?
What was accomplished with it?
Why is the poverty as bad today if not worse then 10 years ago?
What assurance is there that anything will change with all the new Billions they are asking for?
I have no problem with helping people in need.
However these people seem to be in need for the last 50 years and there is no signs that they will not be in need in the next 50 years.........
Bingo! In other words just keep handing us the money forever because we never plan to change. Why because we love our power more than anything else in the world.
The G8 should demand Africa fix it’s problems with constant war and genecide before they get one red cent from the 8 rich nations. Enough is enough already.
Why not ask the countries that are helped by rising oil prices for money?
If rising fuel costs are what’s causing them problems, why don’t they go to the countries they’re buying the fuel from for aid?