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May 26, 2011

G8: Gadhafi Must Go

G8 members have called for the resignation of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, while saying they could provide up to $40 billion in aid to Arab nations trying to establish democracies.

The statements came in a final declaration wrapping up a two-day summit of the world's eight most industrialized countries in Deauville, France. The so-called Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and Northern Africa topped the agenda.

The strongly worded declaration said Gadhafi "has no future in a free, democratic Libya. He must go." It also called for an immediate end to use of force against civilians by Libyan troops and said those responsible must be held to account.

The declaration called on the Syrian government to stop using force and intimidation against the Syrian people. It said G8 members are "appalled" at the deaths of many peaceful protesters and at repeated and serious violations of human rights.

G8 members said they were increasingly concerned about violence in Yemen, as well, and called on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to fulfill his promise to step down.

The statement called on the Israeli and Palestinian governments to abide by existing cooperation agreements and abstain from unilateral measures that could hamper progress and further reforms.

Leaders of Tunisia and Egypt attended a special session of the conference focused on their steps toward democratic reform, in which popular uprisings resulted in the resignation of autocratic governments. G8 members say they want to support other Arab nations trying to effect similar change.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.