UK says will use G8 summit to push for Syria talks

LONDON Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:46am EDT

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron waits at Downing Street to meet Columbia's President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon in London June 6, 2013. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron waits at Downing Street to meet Columbia's President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon in London June 6, 2013.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will use its role as host of a summit of the G8 group of nations next week to try to get both sides in the Syrian conflict to attend a peace conference, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday.

"We should use the G8 to try and bring pressure on all sides to bring about ... a peace conference, a peace process, and a move towards a transitional government in Syria," Cameron told parliament.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will fly to London on Sunday for advance talks about Syria before the summit in Northern Ireland, he added.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday he was worried and depressed by the lack of progress on convening the peace conference in Geneva.

Pressed repeatedly on the subject, Cameron stressed that Britain had not taken any decision to supply arms to Syrian opposition forces fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad.

"We are not supplying the opposition with weapons. We are supplying them with technical assistance and non-lethal equipment," he said. "We have made no decision to supply the opposition with weapons."

(Reporting By Andrew Osborn; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

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westernshame wrote:
what a joke, if the UK had any interest in peace talks for Syria, they wouldn’t be talking about sending weapons to the terrorist rebels.

Assad has said for a year now he was open to talks and negotiations to end this despicable western backed “terrorist spring”, it is the “rebels” who have and still refuse. pretending that sending weapons to the “terrorists” is going to pressure Assad to the negotiation table is an insult to our intelligence. the terrorist rebels don’t want peace, freedom or democracy, they want the Sharia Islamic state they were promised by the western powers from the beginning.

Jun 12, 2013 8:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
i think uk seems to have been dissapeared from the global seems isolated and without serious leadership.Barely you hear news and if you hear something bad have happened.

Jun 12, 2013 9:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
branchltd wrote:
Russia is one of the main reasons we have to consider arming the rebels. Their shipments of sophisticated weapons to a regime that has supported terrorism against the West for years is very hostile to us.

Jun 12, 2013 10:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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