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G-8 Leaders Issue Statement on Energy

  • VOA News

Leaders of the Group of Eight nations have wound up the formal sessions of their summit ahead of joint meetings Monday with the leaders of major developing countries.

The meetings in the Russian city of St. Petersburg with leaders of Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa and the Republic of Congo will consider such issues as energy, security, African development and epidemic diseases.

The G-8 leaders earlier pledged to promote transparency, competition and increased investment in energy markets. The leaders, in a statement, stressed the importance of fair and competitive responses to energy problems.

The statement says some G-8 members believe the development of safe nuclear energy can help meet growing global demand for energy, and protect the environment. This came despite plans by G-8 member Germany to phase out nuclear power by the early 2020s.

The leaders also approved documents on cooperation in educational programs and improving the monitoring of infectious diseases.

The G-8 comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia and the United States.

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