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I CANNOT allow Paul Malan's letter (13 June) on Third World debt cancellation to go unanswered. Of course we must not repeat the failure of the richest nations in the past to ensure that money given as "aid" is not corruptly misused. And, indeed, there is evidence enough of aid being given for political reasons with a clear understanding that it would be used for, for example, arms purchases, rather than on health and education.

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CHURCH bells rang, whistles blew and some 50,000 people clasped hands yesterday in the biggest display of British solidarity with the poorest countries of the world since Live Aid. The culmination of two years of planning, the seven-mile human chain around the G8 summit site in Birmingham was designed to force the question of Third World debt onto the agenda.

People power demo steals G8 show

PEOPLE power came to Birmingham yesterday in a protest against Third World debt that brought the Prime Minister back from his rural G8 summit retreat and forced a response from the leaders, writes Louise Jury.

Leading article: G8: all mouth and no morals

THERE was nothing wrong with Tony Blair's pre-summit rhetoric. He told an interviewer last week that it was important the G8 meeting wasn't just a talking-shop, and that the leaders of the West plus Russia should set out "some clear directions". Such as? The international finance system; organised crime; the global environment; debt relief and, of course, the millennium bug. India, Indonesia, Kosovo, Ireland and the Middle East were then tacked on to the agenda. An ambitious list, even for the "most powerful men in the world". A fine weekend in Birmingham may prove insufficient to resolve such a complex variety of problems. This summit, like most of its predecessors, is unlikely to live up to Mr Blair's pre-conference billing. There are a number of reasons for this.
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