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G8 agrees movement needed in Syria

2012-05-19 19:08

Maryland - US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that the G8 - which includes Russia - agreed that the political process in Syria should move forward "in a more timely fashion".

"We had a discussion about Syria, we all believe that a peaceful resolution and a political transition in Syria is preferable," Obama said, flanked by leaders of the G8 industrialised nations at a Camp David summit.

Clashes across Syria continue despite a 12 April truce brokered by UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.

More than 12 000 people, the majority of them civilians, have died since the Syrian uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, including more than 900 killed since the putative truce came into effect, rights activists say.

"We are all deeply concerned about the violence that's taking place there, the loss of life," Obama said.

"We're supportive of the Annan plan, but we agree, and I expect that this will be reflected in our communiqué, that the Annan plan has to be fully implemented and that a political process has to move forward in a more timely fashion to resolve that issue."

Comments
  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-05-19 19:42

    A nation caught between 'big' politics and left to fight the tyranny of an evil family dynasty, by itself !!

  • Tim - 2012-05-19 20:10

    OK, so they're stating the bleeding obvious! Sounds like a very carefully worded compromise statement that doesn't actually say anything.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 17:28

      Agreed. With part of the G8, this is not surprising. The statement reflects the low-level consensus with Russia present. Russia is arming Assad, who is killing, maiming, detaining, torturing and raping tens of thousands of Syrians to hold onto unelected power. He destroying Syria too. But all this doesn't matter much to him.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 17:39

      Agreed. Coming from the G8, this is not surprising. The statement reflects the low-level consensus with Russia present. Russia is arming Assad, who is killing, maiming, detaining, torturing and raping tens of thousands of Syrians to hold onto unelected power. He destroying Syria too. But all this doesn't matter much to him.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-05-19 20:12

    The evil of the G8 again trying to manipulate the middle east for their own ends.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-20 17:25

      You believe the US attacked itself on 9/11, central banks are arms of private banks not governments, the Rothschilds of all people are the source of evil in our world, an the CIA invaded Afghanistan in the 1980's not the Soviet Union, so wrong are you about international affairs.

  • Glenda - 2012-05-19 20:58

    The G8 only get involved if there is a financial deliverace for them.

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