Back to openDemocracy Email us Powered by TypePad  
political magazine It's a deal, it's a steal
political magazine New G8 cash for Palestine
political magazine Blair live
political magazine Down to the wire
political magazine The fallout
political magazine Blair leaves Gleneagles
political magazine Explosions in London - news from Gleneagles
political magazine Tibet Action
political magazine And the march goes on...
political magazine Police cancel protest march to Gleneagles
political magazine July 2005
political magazine June 2005
My Photo G8 Blog
openDemocracy blogs the G8

« Blair live | Main | It's a deal, it's a steal »

New G8 cash for Palestine

Ahead of his 2.15 press conference, Tony Blair has just made a statement, flanked by the others G8 leaders, the African leaders here today and the heads of the WTO, IMF, World Bank and UN. Kofi Annan looked solemn, Paul Wolfowitz looked lupine.

The leaders are now signing the G8 communique, though it will not be issued until the PM's press conference. Blair headlined a US$3bn cash injection for the Palestinian Authority, aimed at reinvigorating the Middle East peace process. While that was always on the table - the PM is a leading advocate of more well-meaning meddling in the Middle East - yesterday's attacks may well have pushed it up the briefing list.

Overseas aid from G8 donors will rise to US$50bn a year, though it is not yet clear how much of that is new and how much is tied. He conceded that the deal on Africa is "not all everyone wanted" (one wonders if he meant Bono or the two-thirds of destitute people who do not live in Africa).

On climate change, there appeared to be some consensus. A new dialog on global warming will begin at a meeting in Britain in November.

One clause was crucial. Blair said the communique would contain "a signal for a new deal on trade". His sheepishness suggests that deal will be a new bind for the global south.

More anon...

July 8, 2005 | Permalink


I agree.

Posted by: Mary Thompson | Jul 17, 2006 4:11:12 PM

Posted by: gafi | Sep 1, 2006 11:29:07 AM

Posted by: - | Oct 22, 2006 3:01:43 PM

Posted by: UYGU | Jan 24, 2007 6:37:39 AM

Posted by: | Nov 21, 2007 12:24:11 PM

Posted by: | Nov 22, 2007 5:34:12 AM

The comments to this entry are closed.

Back to openDemocracy Email us Powered by TypePad