Brazil's President: Bolsonaro referred to reports of fires in the Amazon as a lie

The Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, has rejected the criticism of the environmental policy of Brazil and other Amazonian States bordering on the unfair. "

Brazil's President: Bolsonaro referred to reports of fires in the Amazon as a lie

The Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, has rejected the criticism of the environmental policy of Brazil and other Amazonian States bordering on the unfair. "This is a story that the Amazon region is in flames, is a lie and we must fight that with the right Numbers," said Bolsonaro in a video conference with the presidents of the Amazon countries on Tuesday.

Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Guyana, and Suriname had signed in September in the Colombian city of Leticia, a Treaty to take, in view of the devastating forest fires in the Amazon region, a common policy of environmental protection and sustainable development of the Region.

the economic interests were, and also because Brazil is an Agricultural, said Bolsonaro: "We know well the importance of this Region for all of us."

The logging or fires in the Region had declined in July compared to July of last year to 28 percent, according to Bolsonaro. In the past twelve months, the National Institute for space research (Inpe) reported, according to preliminary data, by contrast, an increase in the deforestation by around 35 percent.

Updated Date: 12 August 2020, 07:20

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