Thursday, May 26, 2011

The 'Arab spring' marks the G-8 summit in France

Deauville .- The leaders of eight world's richest countries (G8) summit started today a two days in Deauville (France) which will discuss the Arab spring, the economic crisis, nuclear safety and regulation of the Internet. The meeting opened at 10.45 GMT with a working lunch hosted by the host, Nicolas Sarkozy, U.S.

President, Barack Obama, Russia's Dmitri Medvedev and the prime ministers of Japan, UK, Italy and Canada, along German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The eight leaders, whose countries account for two thirds of gross domestic product (GDP) and 50% of trade, address the fragility of economic recovery and the debt crisis in the eurozone, and probably, informally, the succession of IMF managing director.

It is also taking Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, for reporting the situation in his country after the earthquake of March and the catastrophe at the nuclear plant in Fukushima. The first workshop will focus on nuclear security, future energy policies and climate change. G8 leaders will devote the first time a working session to the Internet and listen to eight of the network gurus findings from two days of intense discussions this week in Paris.

They concluded yesterday with a call for governments to be "very careful" in regulating their use. Dinner this first day was devoted to the Arab spring with a tour of the situation in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen. Also discussed the challenges posed by the Iranian regime and the consequences of the death of Osama bin Laden, especially Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Sarkozy said in February that the West should help the Arabs protest movements because "they are our values that these people claim." A week ago the U.S. President, Barack Obama, declared support for the democratic demands in the region as a priority of his government's foreign policy. Among other things, proposed a plan of economic aid to countries that address the transition process, with support from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank.

The meeting in the seaside resort of Deauville, Normandy, held amid tight security, with the mobilization of more than 12,000 police and military personnel.

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