G8 calls for urgent Syria peace conference


aljazeera.com
June 18, 2013

Leaders of the world’s most powerful nations have strongly endorsed calls for a peace conference on the Syria conflict “as soon as possible”, but failed to mention the fate of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a final communique.

At the end of the two-day summit in Northern Ireland on Tuesday, the G8 leaders also called for an agreement on a Syrian transitional government “formed by mutual consent”, and said the military and security services “must be preserved and restored” in a future set-up.

“We remain committed to achieving a political solution to the crisis based on a vision for a united inclusive and democratic Syria,” according to the final communique.

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