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Brazil will accept all external help for fires in the Amazon as long as it can decide how to use it

August 28, 2019

BRAZIL, Aug 28 (Reuters / EP) –

The Government of Brazil has assured this Tuesday that it will accept all external help from organizations or countries to help fight forest fires in the Amazon, provided it can decide how to use it.

“Brazilian sovereignty is not negotiable,” said the spokesman for the Presidency of Brazil, Rego Barros, adding that the country never opposed a dialogue with France.

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has rejected the help of 20 million euros offered by the G7 countries – including the United States – until Macron withdraws the alleged “insults” poured against him. The president of Brazil has criticized being labeled a “liar” for the alleged inconsistencies in environmental policies.

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, has left this Tuesday in support of Bolsonaro at a politically sensitive moment because of the criticism he has received from other international leaders on account of his environmental management in the Amazon.

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.