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Bolsonaro criticizes Macron’s decision to include Amazon fires in the G7 agenda

August 23, 2019


The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, has criticized Thursday the decision of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, to include the Amazon fires in the agenda of the G7 summit scheduled for this weekend in Biarritz.

“The Brazilian Government remains open to dialogue, based on objective data and mutual respect. The French president's suggestion that Amazon issues be discussed in the G7 without the participation of the countries of the region evokes a mistaken colonialist mentality in the 21st century “, said the Brazilian president through his account on the social network Twitter.

Bolsonaro has also lamented that Macron tries to “instrumentalize” an internal issue of Brazil and other Amazon countries to “obtain personal political gains.”

According to the president of Brazil, countries that give money to preserve the Amazon rainforest do so to “interfere with our sovereignty” and not for charity.

In addition, Bolsonaro has recognized for the first time that farmers could be involved in the fires that affect the region.

Hours earlier, the Brazilian president has denied blaming environmental NGOs for causing forest fires although he has admitted that the comment is based on his conjecture or distrust, while ensuring that the government is investigating the fires that are devastating the jungle of the Amazon.

In a speech broadcast by the social network Facebook, Bolsonaro has also admitted that the Brazilian Government lacks the necessary resources to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest that this year that records a record number of accidents.

According to data from the Space Research Institute of Brazil (INPE) so far this year the fires have increased 83 percent over the same period of 2018. In 2019 this state agency has registered 72,843 fires, the highest number since it reached the previous record in 2013. Only since last Thursday, a week ago, satellites have accounted for 9,500.