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Merkel expects the G7 to manifest itself clearly against fires in the Amazon

August 24, 2019

BIARRITZ, 24 Aug. (DPA / EP) –

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes that the summit of the group of the seven most industrialized countries in the world (G7) will issue a clear message to stop the devastating fires in the Amazon, according to the president in her weekly message published today.

“We are going to see how we can support and help, while we will launch a clear call for everything possible to be done so that the rainforest stops burning,” Merkel said shortly before leaving for Biarritz, the coastal city French Atlantic that serves as the venue for the G7 summit.

Merkel has added that the French president, Emmanuel Macron, is right when he says: “Our house is on fire”, and has pointed out that this is something that cannot be silenced.

In Brazil, the most severe forest fires have been recorded for years. So far in 2019, fires and clearings by fire in the largest country in South America increased by 83 percent, media reports.

In total, more than 70,000 foci have been detected, mostly on surfaces that are in private hands, but fires have also appeared in natural reserves and indigenous territories.

As host host, Macron has decided on this issue at the G7 summit agency but Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has criticized that the president's gesture is an interference in the national affairs of his country.

“The Brazilian Government remains open for a dialogue based on objective data and mutual respect,” Bolsonaro has done on the Twitter network.