Brazil says open to aid for Amazon fires, but will decide how it's used

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Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he wants French President Emmanuel Macron to retract 'insults' against him before he considers ...

"The Brazilian government, through its president, is open to receiving financial support from organizations and countries. This money, when it enters the country, will have the total governance of the Brazilian people," Barros said.

Brazil's president is finding himself increasingly isolated on the global stage over his response to the blazes, which threaten what many view as a key bulwark against global climate change. About 90km from Porto Velho, in the Amazon state of Rondonia, a Reuters witness saw houses abandoned due to the fierce forest fires. There were isolated patches of rain on Tuesday, but not enough to put out the fires, he said.

The offer, which was made at a summit in France on Monday, has stirred up emotions within Bolsonaro's nationalist government. Some officials are grateful for the much-needed help, and others view it as a colonial gesture that undermines Brazil's control of its lands. On Tuesday morning, Bolsonaro said he would only countenance accepting G7 money if Macron retracted his earlier comments.

 

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