from The BRICS Post:
Leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) issued a statement Tuesday calling for a peace conference on the Syrian crisis to be held “as soon as possible”, appearing to throw support behind a Russian initiative.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has been working for months to convince both sides of the conflict – the Syrian government led by President Bashar Al Assad and the factions comprising the Free Syrian Army – to convene for a peace summit in Switzerland.
Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov is expected to meet with UN and US representatives in Geneva on June 25 to work out the specifics of the summit.
The G8′s final communique on Syria also seems to have bowed to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s refusal to back any declaration that made Assad’s removal from power an explicit goal.
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