G8 leaders could not reach agreement on Syria

G8 leaders could not reach a consensus despite the leaders’ pressure onRussia in Northern Ireland.

G8 leaders could not persuade Russia to find a political solution to the ongoing Syrian civil war although US president Barack Obama announced they had evidence that Syria used chemical weapons.

“We remain committed to achieving a political solution to the crisis based on a vision for a united, inclusive and democratic Syria,” the final summit communique said. “We strongly endorse the decision to hold as soon as possible the Geneva conference on Syria,” added the document which does not outline Assad’s role in a post-crisis Syria.

UN Secretary-General Ban ki- moon welcomed “understandings” reached on Syria by G8 leaders including their commitment to bring the warring sides to the negotiating table adding he stood ready to convene the Geneva Conference on Syria as soon as possible.

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