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G8 summit: Cameron keeps pressure on Putin as Moscow ponders 'principles for peace' in Syria

By Andrew Woodcock

Published 18/06/2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland.
G8 Protesters break through an outer fence during a protest near the G8 summit in Loch Erne, Enniskillen. Paul Faith/PA Wire
Anti G8 Demonstrators take to the streets of Enniskillen this evening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Niall Carson/PA Wire
Protesters breach a wire fence at the outer perimeter of the security cordon at the G8 summit. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Protesters breach a wire fence resembling military style 'razor-wire' at the outer perimeter of the security cordon at the G8 summit in Loch Erne, Enniskillen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama wave as they arrive at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron chairs an EU/US trade summit with US President Barack Obama (left), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and French President Francoise Hollande (not pictured) at this year's G8 Summit on Lough Erne near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. See PA story POLITICS G8. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
U.S. President Barack Obama glances at Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during a news conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the G8 summit on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Monday, June 17, 2013. Obama and Putin discussed the ongoing conflict in Syria during their bilateral meeting. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
ENNISKILLEN: Anti-G8 protesters march through the streets near the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Anti-G8 protesters pictured beside Enniskillen Castle. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Anti-G8 protesters gather in Enniskillen town centre as they prepare to march out to the Lough Erne Golf resort. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Anti-G8 protesters gather in Enniskillen town centre as they prepare to march out to the Lough Erne Golf resort. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Anti-G8 protesters gather in Enniskillen town centre as they prepare to march out to the Lough Erne Golf resort. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to this year's G8 Summit on Lough Erne near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. See PA story POLITICS G8. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers (left), Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (second left), Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (second right) and Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (right) arrive at this year's G8 Summit on Lough Erne near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. See PA story POLITICS G8. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
US First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the crowd on stage at the visit by her and her two daughters Malia and Sasha to the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
US First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the crowd on stage at the visit by her and her two daughters Malia and Sasha to the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (right), Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (left) and Irish Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) arrive at this year's G8 Summit on Lough Erne near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. See PA story POLITICS G8. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
US First Lady Michelle Obama chats with Fionnuala Kenny, wife of Taoiseach Enda Kenny (left) and her two daughters Malia and Sasha (right) the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
US First Lady Michelle Obama with her daughters Malia (centre) and Sasha in the crowd at the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
US First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledges the crowd with (left to right) Moya Dohery of Riverdance, Fionnuala Kenny wife of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Sabina Higgins wife of President Michael D Higgins on stage at the visit by her and her two daughters Malia and Sasha to the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
US First Lady Michelle Obama addresses the crowd with (left to right) Moya Dohery of Riverdance, Fionnuala Kenny wife of Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Sabina Higgins wife of President Michael D Higgins on stage at the visit by her and her two daughters Malia and Sasha to the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin for a special performance of Riverdance. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. Photo credit should read: Julien Behal/PA Wire
Anti-G8 protesters gather ahead of a G8 demonstration on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Anti-G8 protesters gather ahead of a G8 demonstration on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Police patrol the security ring placed around the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Police patrol the security ring placed around the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Anti-G8 protesters gather ahead of a G8 demonstration on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Anti-G8 protesters gather ahead of a G8 demonstration on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
President Vladimir Putin is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
French President Francois Hollande is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (L) at the official arrival of the G8 leaders at the G8 venue of Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Anti-G8 protesters gather ahead of a G8 demonstration on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Anti-G8 protesters gather ahead of G8 demonstration on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. The two day G8 summit, hosted by UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is being held in Northern Ireland for the first time. Leaders from the G8 nations have gathered to discuss numerous topics with the situation in Syria expected to dominate the talks. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron help out as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
Finance Minister Sammy Wilson and Gerry Adams TD taking part in a Mexican wave while waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh. Brian Little/Presseye/PA Wire
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron watch as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron watch as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
U.S. President Barack Obama glances at Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during a news conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the G8 summit on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama glances at Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron during a news conference with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the G8 summit on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Andrew Winning - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron watch as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
Students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama (not pictured) to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
The signatures of British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama are on a patchwork quilt made by students working on a school project about the G-8 summit at the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron help out as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron help out as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron watch as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron help out as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron watch as students work on a school project about the G8 summit during a visit to the Enniskillen Integrated Primary School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland ahead of the G8 summit.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams does the Mexican Wave as Sammy Wilson and Alasdair McDonnell watch before President Barack Obama arrives at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland for the G8 Summit in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
Crowds begin to gather as tight security is show as US President Barak Obama arrives at Belfast Waterfront Hall before delivering his keynote address ahead of the G8 summit.
Residents go about their daily life as tight security is show as US President Barak Obama arrives at Belfast Waterfront Hall before delivering his keynote address ahead of the G8 summit.
Tight security is show as US President Barak Obama arrives at Belfast Waterfront Hall before delivering his keynote address ahead of the G8 summit.
Tight security is show as US President Barak Obama arrives at Belfast Waterfront Hall before delivering his keynote address ahead of the G8 summit.
A PSNI officer keeps watch over an anti-G8 love missile near patrol the G8 protest camp site this afternoon in Enniskillen with the G8 summit taking place at the near by Lough Erne resort, Northern Ireland. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.
G8 protestor Darren Carnegie poses by a mock missile brought into the camp at Broadmeadow, Enniskillen. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron on the first day of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron holds a meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe during the first day of the G8 Summit at Lough Erne on June 17, 2013 in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Hannah Nelson, 16, speaks ahead of a keynote address delivered by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama waves next to his wife Michelle Obama, after he delivered a keynote address at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama meets school children at the Waterfront Hall after delivering a keynote address ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Michelle Obama, the wife of U.S. President Barack Obama, speaks at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a keynote address at the Waterfront Hall ahead of the G8 Summit on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Paul Faith - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
President Obama and First Lady Michelle wave to the audience in the Waterfront Hall on June 17, 2013 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Later The President will join other leaders at the G8 Summit in Fermanagh. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Michell Obama, the wife of the US President Barack Obama, applauds the crowd before she delivers a keynote address at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, ahead of the G8 Summit.
US President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One with his wife Michelle (second right) and daughters Sasha (second left) and Malia (right) upon arrival at Belfast International Airport, Northern Ireland, to attend the G8 summit in Enniskillen.
Crowds wait on the arrival of US President Barrack Obama ahead of the G8 which takes place at the Lough Erne in Fermanagh Pic Colm Lenaghan / Pacemaker
Crowds wait on the arrival of US President Barrack Obama ahead of the G8 which takes place at the Lough Erne in Fermanagh Pic Colm Lenaghan / Pacemaker
The President of the United States of America, Barack Obama and his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Waterfront Hall, Belfast yesterday ahead of the G8 Summit in Enniskillen.
US First Lady Michelle Obama embraces Rebecca Johnston (15) from Victoria College Belfast after US President Barack Obama's speech. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
IF Campaigners pictured beside Enniskillen Castle on the banks of Lough Erne. Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.
Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Protestors pictured at City Hall in Belfast during the visit of Barak Obama to the Waterfront Hall. Photograph by Presseye
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives at Belfast International airport in Belfast ahead of the G8 summit in Enniskillen. Peter Muhly/PA Wire
Russian President Vladimir Putin poses for a picture with Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Joan Christie, The Queen's official representative in County Antrim, as he arrives at Belfast International airport in Belfast ahead of the G8 summit in Enniskillen. Peter Muhly/PA Wire
Lord Mayor Belfast Mairtin O Muilleoir, First Minister Peter Robinson, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh. William Cherry/Presseye/PA Wire
American foreign policy strategist Nancy Soderberg, who had a key role in the Northern Ireland peace process, stands by the Enniskillen cenotaph. Joe Giddens/PA Wire
PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh. Brian Little/Presseye/PA Wire
US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama, wave after he delivered a keynote address at Waterfront Hall in Belfast, ahead of the G8 Summit. Paul Faith/PA Wire
G8 Summit Protest. Hundreds gathered to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit taking place at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photo: /Photocall Ireland
Anti G8 Summit demonstrators take to the streets of Enniskillen this evening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. See PA story POLITICS G8 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
G8 Summit Protest. Hundreds gathered to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit taking place at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photo: /Photocall Ireland
G8 Summit Protest. Hundreds gathered to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit taking place at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photo: /Photocall Ireland
G8 Summit Protest. Hundreds gathered to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit taking place at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photo: /Photocall Ireland
G8 Summit Protest. Hundreds gathered to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit taking place at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photo: /Photocall Ireland
G8 Summit Protest. Hundreds gathered to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit taking place at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photo: /Photocall Ireland
G8 Summit Protest. Joe Higgins TD joined hundreds who gathered to protest on the streets of Enniskillen during the 39th G8 summit taking place at the Lough Erne Golf Resort in Northern Ireland. Photo: /Photocall Ireland
A young protester taking part in the G8 protest march that through Enniskillen town.
Anti G8 Summiit demonstrators take to the streets of Enniskillen this evening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. See PA story POLITICS G8 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Anti G8 Summit demonstrators take to the streets of Enniskillen this evening. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday June 17, 2013. See PA story POLITICS G8 . Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
G8 Protesters break through an outer fence during a protest near the G8 summit in Loch Erne, Enniskillen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Paul Faith/PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron was today hoping for a show of unity over Syria from the world's most powerful nations after a late-night showdown at the G8 summit in County Fermanagh

Western nations last night faced down Russian president Vladimir Putin at a summit dinner over his support for the regime of dictator Bashar Assad.

Downing Street welcomed a "very positive" response from the Russian leader, reviving hopes for a peace conference to pave the way for a political transition in the war-torn Middle Eastern state.

While nobody at the summit was in any doubt about the continuing differences between Moscow and the West, sources suggested Mr Putin was ready to sign up to five key principles discussed at last night's dinner.

The five points include support for a transitional authority that will command the support of all Syria's communities - effectively ruling out a place for Assad.

Tension over Syria has dominated the annual gathering of world leaders, which comes days after president Barack Obama suggested the US may send weapons to opposition forces.

Mr Putin has set himself firmly against any Western supply of arms, warning that they could end up in the hands of extremists opposed to European values, who "eat the organs" of their enemies. He has also said he is ready to supply Assad with anti-aircraft missiles.

Mr Cameron put Syria top of the agenda at last night's summit dinner with the aim of restoring momentum towards a proposed peace conference in Geneva.

Downing Street said the Prime Minister regarded the dinner, at the Lough Erne golfing resort near Enniskillen, as "an opportunity for a clarifying moment on Syria".

He asked fellow leaders - Mr Putin, Mr Obama, German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, Italian PM Enrico Letta and Japan's Shinzo Abe - to consider whether the G8 can come together behind a consistent view on:

:: Demanding access for humanitarian aid to reach Syria's people;

:: Taking on extremists on all sides of the conflict;

:: Condemning the use of chemical weapons as unacceptable;

:: Exploring whether the G8 could play a role in stabilising Syria after any change in regime;

:: Supporting a political transition to a new government executive authority in Damascus which can command the consent of the Syrian people.

The PM is understood to want a clear statement of intent in the final summit communique this afternoon.

British officials last night said he was ready to go ahead with a statement with or without Russian agreement - but signals were that Mr Putin was ready to sign up.

The Russian and American presidents met for face-to-face talks which are thought to have focused on Syria.

Mr Obama acknowledged the pair had "differing perspectives" but had a shared interest in reducing the violence and preventing the use of chemical weapons.

The Russian leader said "our opinions do not coincide" but "all of us have the intention to stop the violence in Syria and to stop the growth of victims and to solve the situation peacefully".

US officials later said Mr Obama would offer a new 300 million dollar (£190 million) aid package for refugees inside and outside Syria.

Assad used an interview with a German newspaper to warn that if European countries agreed to arm the rebels trying to oust him "Europe's backyard becomes a terrorists' place".

Mr Cameron also today hopes to secure agreement on action to block the payment of ransoms to terrorist kidnappers, as well as an international initiative to tackle tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance by sharing information between tax authorities.

But campaigners raised concerns that any agreement on tax information-sharing may be confined only to the rich world, leaving out the developing countries which miss out on billions in tax revenues because of individuals and companies secreting their wealth in offshore bolt-holes.

Adrian Lovett, Europe executive director at development campaign group One, said: "G8 countries need to tackle the scourge of 'phantom firms', by agreeing to disclose who really controls companies and trusts, through public registries. This will ensure that such information is available not only to tax and law enforcement authorities but also to ordinary citizens, the media and others who want to follow the money and root out corruption.

"The G8 must also ensure that the system they put in place for sharing tax information involves developing countries from the start.

"By taking these steps, the G8 will not only put its own house in order, but do so in ways that help the fight against extreme poverty. The UK must continue to lead the way and lobby its G8 partners, with no let-up in pace or ambition. G8 leaders must decide whether they want to shape the transparency revolution or resist the tide of history."

 

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