International criticism mounts over Amazon fires

Financial Times  | Fri, Aug 23, 2019

by Arthur Beesley in Dublin and Victor Mallet in Paris


Ireland’s prime minister said there was “no way” his country could support a big trade pact involving Brazil if the South American nation did not honour its environmental commitments, deepening an angry international reaction to fires sweeping through the Amazon rainforest.

Leo Varadkar also accused Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro of an “Orwellian” attempt to blame the fires on environmental non-governmental organisations, after Mr Bolsonaro said he was suspicious that they could be involved.

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