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G8 Summit Ends With Call for Syria Peace Talks

At G8, Agreement on Economics, Not Syriai
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June 20, 2013 6:15 PM
Despite finding consensus on some economic issues, leaders of the world’s eight top industrialized countries were not able to bridge their differences on the key international issue before them. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.

At G8, Agreement on Economics, Not Syria

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Leaders from the Group of Eight nations are calling for a negotiated end to the civil war in Syria, but stopped short of demanding the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
 
The G8 leaders ended their two-day summit at the Lough Erne resort in Northern Ireland by saying peace talks should take place as soon as possible. They said the result should be a Syrian government led by "top leadership that inspires public confidence."
 
Western leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, have called for the end to Assad's regime. But Russian President Vladimir Putin, a Syrian ally, refused to make that a specific goal.
 
Cameron outlines details
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who hosted the summit, met with reporters following the summit to review the declaration signed by all member nations.
 
"It is no secret that there were very different views around the G8 table," Cameron said. "But we all share a vital interest in bringing this conflict to an end and bringing the Syrian people the change they want."
 
The summit nation's pledged nearly $1.5 billion in new humanitarian aid, to maximize diplomatic pressure on both sides to begin peace talks as soon as possible, and to work together to rid Syria of terrorist groups among other commitments.
 
Cameron also outlined a part of the declaration that would strengthen nation's abilities to collect taxes by ending corporate secrecy and aggressive tax evasion. It also sets out some clear commitments.
 
"Tax authorities across the world should automatically share information so those who want to evade taxes have nowhere to hide," Cameron said. "Companies should know who really owns them. And tax collectors and law enforcers should be able to obtain this information easily — for example, through central registries — so people cannot avoid taxes through complicated and fake structures."
 
The G8 leaders also agreed to stop paying ransoms to terrorists holding hostages. Hostage-taking has increased in West Africa, especially in Nigeria, where Western oil companies have prominent operations.
 
The G8 countries account for 50 percent of the world's economic output. But they still are struggling to emerge from the depths of the global recession of 2008 and 2009.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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by: Marie Devine from: Kansas City, MO, USA
June 19, 2013 5:45 PM
Syria is another Arab Spring where governments are overthrown undemocraticly while the rebels shout Democracy. God guides leaders of all nations in their holy books to deal harshly with those who create disorder in the land. IF President Mubarak had acted as President Assad has, Arab Spring attacks would not have spread as they have.

Several posts at Divine-Way.com show self-professed Socialists behind the protests:


by: Anonymous
June 19, 2013 5:34 AM
There is 2 people for sure responsible in the deaths of 50,000 unarmed civilians in Syria. 1 Is Bashar al Assad for killing his own people, using bombs/rockets/tanks. 2 is Putin, for defending Bashar al Assad, and providing with the firepower to do so.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
June 18, 2013 12:29 PM
At least let the leaders who are sure speak, if only to themselves - whether they mean it or not. Some leaders are there wishing that the day will just be over and their names enter record as once a president of the most powerful country in the world, but they do not know what the throne really stands for. Look at the no-fly-zone in Syria: they propose it, but when it becomes the only option, they prevaricate. But Putin is so straight to the point with what he wants. He tells Cameron, 'we must keep out support with the Syrian Assad regime'. No wavering, no double talk. And the president of the most powerful country in the world won't speak with assurance. Are we going to Syria or not? Playing boys games? Or is it a case of the more you look the less you see? Come and see American wonder!

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