posted on Jun, 23 2005 @ 02:19 PM
The foreign ministers from the Group of Eight nations have warned Iran against trying to produce nuclear weapons. They have also warned Syria against
interfering in Lebanons internal affairs. Outside of the Middle East the G8 foreign ministers urged Zimbabwe's Mugabe to respect human rights and the
rule of law.
LONDON (AFP) - Group of Eight foreign ministers told Iran to keep its nuclear programme on ice, and urged Syria to stop meddling in Lebanon, as they
paved the way for next month's summit of the G8 world powers.
Middle East issues dominated the day-long meeting, with the diplomatic "quartet" on Middle East peace stressing the "urgent need" for Israel and the
Palestinians to coordinate a planned Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip.
In addition, concern over recent turmoil in Zimbabwe also featured, with the G8 foreign ministers of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan,
Russia and the United States urging the government there to respect human rights and the rule of law.
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Whilst the rhetoric concering Iran and Syria was expected, the advice to Mugabe was not. Although its falling completely on deaf ears, I find the
irony to be palpable.
The recent turmoil in Zimbabwe concerns the demolishing of Zimbabwean's homes to make way for redevelopment. Today the Supreme Court ruled that
American citizens homes can be compulsorily purchased by private companies. Americans are now no more protected against Mugabe style actions as the