U.S. President Barack Obama says progress was made at the just ended Group of
Eight Summit in Italy. But at the same time, he is raising questions about the future
of the G8, saying it must become more inclusive.
버락 오바마 미국 대통령은 방금 이탈리아에서 끝난 G-8 정상회담에서 진전이 이루어졌다고 말했다. 그러나 한편, 그는 G-8의 장래에 대해 의문을 제기하고 있다. 그는 이 모임이 좀 더 포괄적이 되어야만 될 것이라고 말했다.
This was Barack Obama's first G8 summit. And he gave the meeting a mixed
이것은 버락 오바마가 처음으로 참석한 G-8 정상회담이었다. 그는 이번 모임의 성적표는 단순하지 않다고 평가했다.
He said there was progress in areas ranging from the global economy to climate
change. But he admits he is not sure if this small grouping of eight traditional
industrial powerhouses remains a proper venue for discussions of global
그는 글로벌 경제에서 기후 변화에 이르는 여러 분야에서 진전이 있었다고 말했다. 그러나 그는 전통적 공업 선진국 8 개국이라는 작은 집단이 아직도 글로벌 문제들을 토의하는 데 적합한 마당이냐 에 대하여 자신이 없음을 시인했다.
Speaking to reporters just after the formal sessions ended, Mr. Obama said there
was a consensus on the need for further reforms to repair the global economy. He
said discussions on climate change helped improve the chances for international
negotiations later this year. And he took pride in a new $20 billion initiative to fight
hunger in Africa by spurring agriculture.
"We do not view this assistance as an end in itself," President Obama said. "We
believe that the purpose of aid must be to create the conditions where it is no
African development was the dominant theme of the final day of the summit. And
throughout the session Mr. Obama stressed the need for Africans to take a greater
stake in determining their own future.
He spoke of the need for governments to be more responsive to their people, and
to create the kinds of institutions that can ensure needs are met.
President Obama told the gathering it is an issue he takes personally, citing the
experiences of his own family. He reminded the summit participants that when his
father left Kenya decades ago to study in the United States, the Kenyan economy
was growing at a faster pace than South Korea.
"My father traveled to the United States from Kenya a mere fifty years ago and yet
now I have family members who live in villages - they themselves are not going
hungry - but they live in villages where hunger is real," the president said.
During the session with reporters, Mr. Obama was also asked about the formal G8
statement on Iran, and indications prior to the summit that it might include a call for
The president denied that was ever the case, and said he was pleased with the
language approved by the G8.
"What we wanted is exactly what we got which is a statement of unity and strong
condemnation about the appalling treatment of peaceful protestors post-election in
Iran as well as some behavior that just violates basic international norms," he said.
This was President Obama's fourth major international summit in as many
months. And as he prepared to leave the talks in the central Italian city of L'Aquila,
he admitted it was a bit much.
He wondered aloud if the membership of the G8 is too restrictive, saying it is time
to re-evaluate the need for institutions that emerged - as he put it - "in another time
"To have entire continents like Africa and Latin America not adequately represented
in these major international forums and decision making bodies is not going to
work," President Obama said.
Mr. Obama ended his news conference with a quick goodbye in Italian and hurried
to a waiting helicopter for Rome and a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.
From there, he heads to Ghana for his first trip to Africa as president of the United