August 26, 2019 / 1:48 PM / a month ago

Don't treat Amazon like a 'colony', says Brazil's Bolsonaro

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro speaks during the launching ceremony of the real estate credit program at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 20, 2019. REUTERS/Adriano Machado

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday the idea of creating an international alliance to save the Amazon rainforest would be treating Brazil like “a colony or no man’s land,” calling it an attack on the country’s sovereignty.

On Twitter, Bolsonaro questioned the intentions behind French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to garner support for an international action plan to help preserve the Amazon.

Reporting by Eduardo Simões in São Paulo; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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