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G8 summit unfolds in Northern Ireland-Syria high on agenda


by Joseph Earnest June 17, 2013


Newscast Media BELFASTAs the G-8 summit commences this week in Northern Ireland, Syria is expected to be high on the agenda, with Russia standing in stark opposition to any sort of resolution so far put forth by other nations present, especially the United States.

On Monday, G-8 host British Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the ideological chasm but said that Russia must push for negotiations as rapidly as possible and not to back a government that "butchers" its citizens.

In his first press conference, Hassan Rowhani, declared the winner of Iran's presidential election on Saturday, spoke out against any intervention in Syria.

"The Syrian crisis must be resolved by the people of Syria," Rowhani said. "We are against terrorism, civil war, and foreign intervention. Hopefully, with the help of all countries of the region and the world, peace and calm will return to Syria". He added that "the government must be respected by other countries until the next elections, and then it is up to the people to decide."

Meanwhile, after evening talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron, Russia's Vladmir Putin said that Russia had conformed with international standards when selling weapons to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

"We are not breaching any rules and norms and we call on our partners to act in the same fashion," Putin said, in an apparent reference to recent decisions from the US and some EU members like France and Britain to send military support to Syrian rebels.

The German government has said it does not currently plan to send weaponry to either side in Syria's civil war.

Barack Obama is also scheduled for his first face-to-face private talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a year on the sidelines of the summit at the Lough Erne golf resort near the Northern Irish town on Enniskillen. Add Comments>>

Source: Deutsche Welle








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