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The second and final day of the G8 summit sees the heads of state and government attempting to stride boldly into the Syrian conflict and questions of terrorism, and find solutions.
However the unity on show for the world’s press has a huge crack in it, as Russian President Vladimir Putin finds himself increasingly isolated as the other leaders close ranks and try to get him to tone down his support for Bashar al-Assad.
Russia’s line, that it is better to have the devil you know in Damascus rather than taking a high-risk roll of the dice by backing the opposition and possibly sowing instability, is being drowned out by the rising civilian casualty figures in Syria.
Putin’s discomfort was plain for all to see, and smiles and handshakes cannot detract from the real possibility the leaders may issue a Syria statement as the G7, with Russia abstaining.
More about: G8 Summit, Politics, Russia, Syria
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“Let us not delude ourselves,” Netanyahu said in a statement on Sunday. “The international community must not become caught up in wishes and be tempted to relax the pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear program. “It must be remembered that the Iranian ruler, at the outset, disqualified candidates who did not fit his extremist outlook and from among those whose candidacies he allowed was elected the candidate who was seen as less identified with the regime, who still defines the State of Israel [in an address last year] as ‘the great Zionist Satan.’” The Prime minister noted that it was Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and not the president who laid out the policy for the country’s nuclear program. “The more the pressure on Iran increases, the greater the chance of stopping the Iranian nuclear program, which remains the greatest threat to world peace,” he said. Nevertheless, the international community has welcomed Iran’s future head of state. Washington has already announced its willingness to negotiate with Iran on its nuclear program, even though previously along with Israel, it has refused to rule out military strikes against Iranian nuclear sites. “It is our hope that the Iranian government will heed the will of the Iranian people and make responsible choices that create a better future for all Iranians,” the White House said. Britain and France welcomed the newly elected president in hope of coming to a diplomatic solution concerning the nuclear enrichment program as he is a former chief nuclear negotiator. The EU has imposed restrictions on cooperation with Iran in foreign trade, financial services, energy and other sectors after Iran refused to suspend its enrichment program. The West, Israel and several other countries fear Tehran is expanding its uranium enrichment capabilities with the aim of developing nuclear arms, an accusation Tehran continuously denies. “Iran has an exclusively peaceful nuclear program,” Rouhani said in an interview with the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al- Awsat published on Thursday. He added that the campaign against Iran “is being fueled and directed first and foremost by Israel, in order to divert international attention not only from its own clandestine and dangerous nuclear weapons program but also from its destabilizing and inhuman policies and practices in Palestine and the Middle East.” Iranian journalist Hamid Reza Emadi told RT that there is hope that the new president might rebuild the Iranian negotiating team to re-open talks with the West. “A lot of people inside and outside Iran believe that tensions will be eased and the situation will be calmer and Iran’s economy will flourish,” he said. As the victory of the moderate cleric was confirmed, crowds gathered on the streets of Tehran celebrating Rouhani’s victory. However, the future head of state told the state news agency IRNA, “the country’s problems won’t be solved overnight and this needs to happen gradually and with consultation with experts,” adding that his “victory is a victory of wisdom, a victory of moderation, a victory of growth and awareness and a victory of commitment over extremism and ill-temper.” … Read More
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Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras offered to partially re-open state broadcaster ERT – after a public and political outcry over the government’s abrupt closure of the channel.
At a meeting of the New Democracy Youth, comprised of young members of his party, Samaras defended a radical restructuring of the channel, as being in the interests of the country:
“The mandate given to us by the people is to change everything and overcome the murky waters that have led Greece to the crisis it’s in. There’s not to be negotiation on this mandate,” Samaras told supporters.
The PASOK and Democratic Left parties, Samaras’ junior coalition partners, rejected his concessionary move.
In Athens, hundreds of city musicians joined ERT’s orchestra in a huge concert – all playing the same tune…save the channel.
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