'Unprecedented' Japan disaster on G8 agenda: France

14th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Group of Eight foreign ministers who were gathered in Paris on Monday will discuss Japan's earthquake, tsunami and subsequent damage to a nuclear plant, the French foreign ministry said.

"The ministers will begin their work looking at the consequences of the unprecedented natural catastrophe that has just hit Japan," ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told journalists.

"It will be an opportunity to express their support for and faith in the Japanese government as well as their admiration for the Japanese people."

Valero said that Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto would also help the G8 "better define their activities in the short, but also the medium and long term, to help Japan overcome this ordeal."

Damage at a Japanese atomic power plant following last week's massive earthquake and tsunami has raised fears of a nuclear disaster despite Tokyo's reassurances.

After discussing Japan, the G8 foreign ministers meeting on Monday and Tuesday are expected to focus on dealing with changes and uprisings in the Middle East and north Africa, notably the ongoing revolt in Libya.

The ministers from Britain, Canada, hosts France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States are expected to try to thrash out a common line on possible intervention to ground the warplanes pounding Libya's rebels.

© 2011 AFP

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