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G8 Ministers to Meet With Syrian Opposition

G8 Ministers to Meet With Syrian Opposition in Londoni
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April 10, 2013 10:46 AM
Britain is hosting a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of Eight countries Wednesday and Thursday in London. Some of the ministers will meet with members of the Syrian opposition on the sidelines of the meeting, in a continued effort to reach a political and diplomatic breakthrough in that country's political crisis. Zlatica Hoke reports.

US Secretary of State John Kerry

Zlatica Hoke
Britain is hosting a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of Eight countries Wednesday and Thursday in London.  Some of the ministers will meet with members of the Syrian opposition on the sidelines of the meeting, in a continued effort to reach a political and diplomatic breakthrough in that country's political crisis.  
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has confirmed that he also will meet with members of Syria's opposition in London.  He spoke to reporters Tuesday at the end of his three-day visit to Israel and the West Bank. Kerry said the discussion will focus on how to get Syria's President Bashar al-Assad to accept the reality of his situation.  

"So, we are left with no choice but to try to find ways to get him [President Assad] to think differently about what lies in the future," said Kerry. "That will be part of the discussion in London and in the ensuing weeks.''

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged officials in Damascus to allow a wider U.N. probe into allegations of the use of chemical weapons by both sides in the Syrian conflicts.  Syria wanted an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons by rebels in Aleppo.  But it rejected Ban's decision that the probe also should include allegations of the use of chemical weapons by government forces in Homs.  

"I appeal to the government of Syria to extend its fullest cooperation and to allow the investigation to proceed.  The mission is ready  - they are ready to deploy.  They are waiting in Cyprus," said Ban. "I sincerely hope that the government of Syria will accept the modalities that I have proposed for the mission."

The Jihadist group al-Qaida in Iraq has confirmed speculations that it is responsible for militant attacks in Syria.  The group posted a statement online declaring its link with the al-Nusra Front in Syria.
 
France has proposed talks with the European Union and the U.N. Security Council on whether to list Syria's group as a terrorist organization.

The United States already has listed al-Nusra as a terrorist organization.

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by: Dr. Subramanian from: India
April 10, 2013 2:30 PM
some of us who have studied history, still shudder at the thought of another alliance between Russia and Germany and their mutual susceptibility to the attractions of fascism... I believe that it is British stupidity and not an American instigation that will contribute to the next global crisis. I believe its time to silence this meddlesome British deformity. Once and for all, relegate it to a third world position along with Nigeria, Pakistan and Bolivia...


by: Dr. Hans F from: Germany
April 10, 2013 12:38 PM
if the Americans had wanted to see Assad gone, it would have been very easy for them to "ask" Israel to decapitate the Syrian Government. But they haven't, and it would be very difficult to persuade Israel, Germany and Russia of the wisdom of that idea. However, the most glaring stupidity of American incompetent hesitation and its susceptibility to British idiotic entreaties has forged a strong new alliance between Germany Israel and Russia. Another indication of American deteriorating influence in the world...


by: ali baba from: new york
April 10, 2013 10:09 AM
give Syrian rebel and weapons and will be used against American in future such what happen in Afghanistan Libya and now Syria. the blunder mistake is repeated again and again

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