Okinawa, 21 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Leaders of the group of seven most
industrialized countries have renewed their pledge to implement a massive
package of debt relief for the world's poorest countries. In a statement today from Okinawa, Japan, leaders from the U.S.,
Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada said they would make
fresh efforts to fulfill a year-old promise to provide up to $100 billion
in debt relief for some 40 poor countries.
Debt relief is just one initiative being explored to help counter
criticism that globalization is helping rich countries and multi-national
corporations, while leaving millions of the world's poor behind.
The G-7 countries plus Russia also are expected, before their
discussions close on Sunday, to offer increased help to fight the deadly
disease AIDS in poor nations.