The leaders of the G8 have warned Iran about its nuclear program and have ordered that if it doesn’t stop its uranium enrichment program that they will “adopt further measures.”
Uranium enrichment can either provide energy for civilians or it can create material for a bomb. There will be discussions involving the U.N. Security Council regarding a third set of sanctions, according to the Associated Press.
And in more positive news for some, the G8 leaders have now given approval for the aid to Africa to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria to the tune of a sixty million dollar package.
Prior to the meeting with Egypt, Algeria, Senegal, Ghana, and Nigeria, in which President Bush was absent due to a brief stomach illness, the United States had committed to half of the $60 million dollar contribution, and the other half was made up by the seven remaining G8 countries.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “It was a very candid and open discussion…we said that on behalf of the countries of the G-8, that we are aware of our obligations and we would like to fulfill the promises that we entered into and we are going to do that.”
But an anti-poverty group, Oxfam, was displeased, as they claim that the only a fraction of the promised US $60 billion would be new aid as includes money that has already been pledged and is to be distributed over an unspecified number of years, reports the Associated Press.
In another matter left unsettled, diplomats struggle with the issue of Kosova, a province of Serbia. There are “different opinions” on the proposal that would put off the vote of the U.N. Security Council in regard to the independence for six months, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and that the diplomats would meet again in a week.
Kosovo Prime Minister Agim Ceku is tired of being put off, and comments from the Kosovo capital, “We cannot wait forever. Give us clarity, give us freedom and let us go.”
Supervised independence suggested by a U.N. resolution is supported by the United States and the European Union, but, Russia stands behind Serbia is resisting granting independence to the providence.
United States President George W. Bush was unable to attend the final sessions at the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm as he was recovering from a stomach ailment. He had retired to his room to rest and recover after having met privately with the new French President Nicolas Sarkozy. He’d missed sessions with African leaders and with heads of state from China, India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, developing nations, but was then well enough to rejoin the Summit.
G-8 approves aid for Africa, warns Iran, by Christine Ollivier,
Associated Press Writer on Yahoo! News