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Brazil plans to reject the aid offered by the G7 to fight fires in the Amazon

August 27, 2019

MADRID, Aug. 27 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Government of Jair Bolsonaro plans to reject the aid of 20 million dollars to fight the fires that are sweeping the Amazon agreed by the G7 at the behest of the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

Sources of the Planalto Palace have indicated to the newspaper 'Folha de Sao Paulo' that the 20 million announced the day before during the G7 summit in Biarritz will be rejected. As they have explained, in the Presidency they believe that the offer of help is more an attempt by Macron to capitalize on the issue than an initiative of the leaders of the richest countries in the world.

However, a source from the Bolsonaro government has said they are waiting to receive the formal offer of assistance, although the current position is in favor of rejecting it. The sources consulted by 'Estadao' also confirm this version.

Thus, sources close to the president indicate that any announcement of help made without a direct dialogue with Brazil will be rejected. “We believe that the matter should be treated as a South American issue, of the Amazonian countries, and not as a global issue,” said an ally of the president.

Previously, the Minister of the Environment, Ricardo Salles, had said that the aid promised by the G7, destined mainly to send airplanes to help in the extinction of the fires, was “welcome” although he said that “who is going to decide how using resources for Brazil is the people and the Brazilian Government. ”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Defense, Fernando Azevedo, said Monday that the Government has the situation under control. At the end of a meeting to take stock of the situation in the Amazon due to the fires chaired by Bolsonaro and which several ministers have attended, Azevedo has admitted that “it is not simple” but it is not “out of control” either.

As he pointed out, in the state of Amazonas the situation is “good, also in Roraima”. “Rondonia worried a little more, but there are more than 1,000 people acting and 15 planes fighting the flames,” he said, according to the agency Brazil. Azevedo has also acknowledged that the situation in Pará is “a little” worrying, although he has clarified that the expected arrival of rains in western Amazonia could improve the situation.

According to data from the Space Research Institute of Brazil (INPE) so far this year, fires in the Amazon have increased 83 percent over the same period of 2018. In 2019 this state agency has registered 72,843 fires, the highest number since the previous record was reached in 2013. Between August 15 and 20, satellites accounted for 9,500.