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G8 summit opens in Hokkaido

July 7 2008

G8 summit opens Monday on the Japanese island of Hokkaido. For the first time as president of Russia will participate Dmitry Medvedev, who took over Russia in May 2008. On the first day of the summit held a working lunch and a meeting of Heads of State and Government of G8; leaders of Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, as well as heads of international organizations. In addition, the planned neformalnvaya meeting of leaders of the Group of Eight and their spouses with members of Youth Group of Eight, as well as lunch on behalf of the host country - Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

The main intrigue of the summit will debate on climate and global economy, said Russian presidential aide, Russia's sherpa in the "Big Eight" Arkady Dvorkovich. For three days the summit the G8 leaders will discuss topics such as promoting the development of Africa, the fight against climate change, global economy, with emphasis on energy prices and global finance, the situation on food market and international security issues. On all these issues will be taken documents summit, whose text has been agreed.

The discussion at the summit of the Japanese presidency, which will be held at the hotel, situated in a picturesque area of Hokkaido, is a continuation of an intense debate last G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany, when Germany and the United States failed to agree on approaches to responsibility of leading industrialized nations for climate change. The German delegation believed that the G8 countries must take responsibility and develop a new treaty that will replace departing in 2012 in the history of the Kyoto Protocol on limiting emissions of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Colleagues from the U.S., in turn, believed that the G8 should not subscribe to the specific figures of emissions, as long as it does not do all of the country, including non-"eight", polluting the rapid growth of its economy the Earth's atmosphere. "The Summit should become clear, ready or not ready world's major economies to commit themselves to join the negotiations on a new agreement to replace the Kyoto Protocol" - said a source in the Russian delegation. About this RIA News .

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