War in Syria: G8 intervention
18 June 2013
The Daily Telegraph
The G8 meeting on June 17 and 18 near Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, concluded without the leaders of major powers having reached an agreement on the fate of Syria or its president Bashar al Assad, mostly due to the intransigence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who refused to discuss any plan involving the departure of the Syrian leader.
However, in their final press statement, the leaders said they had made progress towards an international peace conference to be held in Geneva, the date of which has not yet been set. They also agreed to pay €1.12bn of aid to Syrian refugees and condemned the violations of human rights committed by the government and rebel force.