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G7 leaders divided on climate change

While 6 G7 countries agree on climate change deal, US president says he will decide ‘next week’

Handan Kazancı,Ayhan Şimşek   | 27.05.2017
G7 leaders divided on climate change


By Baris Seckin and Ayhan Simsek


Leaders of the world's major economies ended a G7 summit on Saturday with a disagreement on climate change.

Only six of the seven participant countries revealed that they were ready to fulfill the obligations within the framework of the Paris agreement

The leaders said in a final communiqué: “The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics.”

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter: “I will make my final decision on the Paris Accord next week’”.

The landmark agreement, which was signed in Paris two years ago, aims at significantly reducing carbon emissions, by limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Trump for not pledging his commitment to Paris climate agreement.

“The whole discussion on climate change has been very difficult, even very unsatisfying,” she said, adding that Trump was the only leader who did not reaffirm commitment to the Paris agreement. 

Trade and security

“So far there is no indication whether the United States of America will continue to participate in the Paris agreement or not,” she said.

“We are waiting for the contribution of the United States in the Paris Climate Deal,” Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told a news conference in the Sicilian resort town of Taormina. .

Despite disagreements on the climate goals, G7 leaders has demonstrated unity on the issues of international trade and security.

“We reiterate our commitment to keep our markets open and to fight protectionism, while standing firm against all unfair trade practices,” the leaders of the world’s seven largest economies said in a joint declaration.

They also pledged stepping up their efforts in the fight against international terrorism.

They also raised the issue of a political solution to the war in Syria.

"Those with influence over the Syrian regime, in particular Russia and Iran, must do their utmost to use that influence to stop this tragedy, beginning with the enforcement of a real cease-fire, stopping the use of chemical weapons, ensuring safe, immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to all people in need, and releasing any arbitrarily detained persons, as well as allowing free access to its prisons,” they said.

The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.  

The next G7 summit will be held in Canada.

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