Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

PM hails 'frank' G8 talks on Syria

David Cameron holds a press conference at the end of this year's G8 Summit on Lough Erne in Northern Ireland

David Cameron has promised that Britain will not "plunge recklessly" into deeper involvement in the Syrian civil war, but said it was not possible to ignore the escalating slaughter going on in the country.

The Prime Minister was addressing the House of Commons on the outcome of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland which was dominated by tensions over the Syrian conflict, but resulted in an agreement committing leaders of the world's most influential countries to an attempt to revive peace talks in Geneva.

While acknowledging that there were "very different views" among G8 leaders over Syria, Mr Cameron told MPs that the "open, honest and frank" talks at Lough Erne had resulted in agreement on the principle that "there is no military victory to be won and all our efforts must be focused on the ultimate goal of a political solution".

The PM also hailed what he said was significant progress on his economic priorities of boosting trade, tackling tax evasion and increasing business transparency, which he said would now be "written into the DNA" of future gatherings of world leaders at G8 and G20 level.

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