Bolsonaro says Amazon nations should decide region’s future

  • A firefighter works to put out a fire in the Chiquitania Forest in Santa Rosa de Tucabaca, on the outskirts of Robore, Bolivia, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. While some of the fires are burning in Bolivia’s share of the Amazon, the largest blazes were in the Chiquitanía region of southeastern Bolivia. It’s zone of dry forest, farmland and open prairies that has seen an expansion of farming and ranching in recent years. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

  • Land smolders during a forest fire in Altamira in Brazil’s Amazon, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. The fire is very close to Kayapo indigenous land located on the Bau indigenous reserve. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

  • A lush forest sits next to a field of charred trees in Vila Nova Samuel, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Lingering smoke in the Amazon caused concern Tuesday among Brazilians who say that respiratory problems, particularly among children and the elderly, have increased as fires in the region rage. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

PORTO VELHO, Brazil — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday that Latin America’s Amazon countries will meet in September to discuss both protecting and developing the rainforest region, which has been hit by weeks of devastating fires.