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1 July 2005

G8 Summit opportunity ‘must not be squandered’

Liberal Democrat MP, John Barrett has described the upcoming G8 Summit as ‘one of the most significant meetings ever to take place in Scotland’.

Mr Barrett was speaking in the House of Commons during the last sitting of Parliament before the Summit begins next week. As a member of the International Development Committee for the last 3 years, he has seen first hand the suffering in countries like Malawi, Ethiopia and Sudan.

Mr Barrett said:

“This summit may constitute one of the most important meetings ever to take place in Scotland. The decisions made there will have a huge impact on the future of not just Africa but the entire planet.

“We must be committed to the principle of fair trade, not just free trade. We must drop the remaining debts that continue to cripple so many poorer countries. We need all G8 countries to make real strides towards meeting the requirements on international aid. At the same time, it is crucial that we tackle corruption where it exists and support the transition to stable democracy throughout Africa.

“The G8 Summit marks a unique opportunity for the UK to lead the way and broker an agreement to help Africa out of extreme poverty. It is an opportunity that cannot be squandered.”

Mr Barrett will be marching as part of the Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh tomorrow. He added:

“There are now very high expectations for the Gleneagles Summit. Tomorrow’s march offers everyone a chance to demonstrate how seriously they take the issue. This pressure must not end when the Summit concludes. We must continue our commitment for as long as it takes to make poverty history.”

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