Nine-nation summit aims to save Amazon 

BANGKOK POST  / 27 Ȩԡ¹ 2552

          MANAUS, BRAZIL:Representatives from eight nations straddling the Amazon basin plus France met yesterday in the heart of the rainforest to lay out a savethe-jungle proposal for next month's climate change summit in Copenhagen.
          Called by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, the biggest stockholder in the Amazon basin, the one-day meeting included President Nicolas Sarkozy since France's overseas department of French Guyana extends into the region.
          Together with delegates from Bolivia,Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru,Venezuela and Suriname, Mr Lula and Mr Sarkozy hope to draw up a "common stance" for the Dec 7-18 conference in the Danish capital on saving the Amazon.
          Mr Lula said he hoped the meeting in Manaus will yield "an ambitious message on issues of great relevance to the region".
          "Brazil believes it is crucial for the [Amazon] region to have a converging and cooperative participation" in the Copenhagen summit, he added.
          Greenpeace's Amazon official Paulo Adario said the Lula-Sarkozy alliance was significant "as France has an important leadership role in the EU and Brazil is also showing growing leadership on the international stage".AFP


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