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Japan on Saturday presented an initiative aimed at enhancing cooperation with East Asian and Latin American countries over the environment as foreign ministers and officials from 34 nations gathered in Tokyo to discuss climate change and other issues.

The situation in quake-hit Haiti also drew the attention of the foreign ministers of the member states of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation. In a statement issued the same day, they called for “continued efforts to rescue the victims and support the reconstruction” of the impoverished Caribbean nation.

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