Saturday, July 09, 2005

G8 a Success

Geldof delighted at G8 action on aid
Mark Townsend
Sunday July 10, 2005
The Observer
Further increases in aid to Africa will be unveiled by G8 countries this summer amid signs that the political momentum generated by last week's summit will continue to tackle global poverty.

As attention swung from Gleneagles to the UN World Summit in eight weeks, sources at the G8 negotiations indicated that Germany and Japan are expected to unveil extra aid packages.

Officials believe that the new money will form a key component of attempts by the two countries to secure a place on the Security Council. It follows Friday's announcement by Tony Blair of the biggest African aid deal in history, a triumphant finale to Gleneagles overshadowed by the attacks in London.

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