World leaders prepare for G8 summit
KANANASKIS, Canada (CNN) -- President Bush arrived at this remote Rocky Mountain village Tuesday afternoon where he will join other leaders of the world's richest democracies for the annual Group of Eight summit to discuss the war on terrorism, economic growth and African development.
In addition to the official agenda, Bush will brief other G8 leaders on his new blueprint for ending Middle East violence, which he unveiled in a speech Monday.
He will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, the summit's host, and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi ahead of Wednesday's opening of the two-day meeting.
The G8 is composed of the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia.
In the wake of violent anti-globalization demonstrations during last year's summit in Genoa, Italy, that left one protester dead, Chretien arranged to hold this year's meeting in this remote outpost about 60 miles west of Calgary, Alberta, rather than in a major Canadian city.
Access to the site is restricted, with thousands of police and soldiers on patrol to prevent disruptions.
Thwarted from reaching the summit itself, anti-globalization protesters are planning to descend on the Canadian capital, Ottawa, about 2,100 miles to the east, for two days of protests.
The Web site for the organizing group "Take the Capital!" is calling for "direct action" protests and civil disobedience against banks, embassies, corporations, Canadian government institutions and economic development groups, as well as "action-oriented" marches designed to disrupt Ottawa and "redecorate the bureaucratic core of the city with colorful and creative symbols of resistance."
Authorities in Canada have devoted great attention to security, including airspace restrictions in and around Kananaskis.
Samples of the food to be served the leaders reportedly are being frozen for testing in case anyone gets sick.
About 30 Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers at the G8 site became ill Monday, but officials at the Mounties' Nakiska camp ruled out food services as a possible source, a G8 statement said.
Of the 30, three members were hospitalized and treated for dehydration. Two have been released from the hospital. The source of the outbreak is not known.
In addition to discussing the war on terrorism and how to strengthen global economic growth, Thursday's session of the summit will focus on the problems of Africa. A group of African leaders and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will attend.
"We need to work together to help Africans address critical issues such as health and education, governance, water and agriculture, trade and investment and peace and security," Chretien said.
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