G8 pledges to stand side-by-side with Africa

2011-05-27 20:35
Deauville - Leaders from the US, France, Britain and other rich world governments pledged to promote human rights and democratic governance across Africa, but some developing world activists warned that financial aid for the "Arab Spring" nations mustn't come at the expense of needy countries south of the Sahara.

The Group of Eight industrial nations issued a joint statement on Friday with leaders from Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia and other African heads of state that promised co-operation on a vast range of issues from refugees in Ivory Coast to pirates in Somalia.

But contrary to the G8's pledge of upwards of $40bn to promote democracy and economic recovery in North Africa and the Middle East, the Africa declaration contained no monetary targets.

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