G8 wraps without consensus on Syria

Global News

ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland – The Group of Eight stopped short of calling for the ouster of Syrian President Bashar Assad in its final statement on Tuesday, but called for a swift end to the bloody civil war and urgent peace talks to stop the country from spiralling further into chaos.

Despite the lack of consensus among the G8 around the fate of Assad, as well as the use of chemical weapons by his regime, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the outcome was better than he expected.

On the eve of the summit, Harper characterized the group as “G7 plus one” — the outlier being Russian President Vladimir Putin — when it came to Syria. Russia is the only member of the G8 that supports the Assad government.

But the prime minister struck a more conciliatory tone Tuesday at the end of the two-day Northern Ireland summit hosted by British Prime…

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