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G8 foreign ministers put Iran, Syria on notice (moved from ATSNN)

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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 Zimbabwean people.

posted on Jun, 23 2005 @ 02:29 PM
Didn't anyone there mention the increased violations of Lebanese airspace by Israeli fighter aircraft? Surely Israel should be criticised too for it's actions, but I won't hold my breath

posted on Jun, 23 2005 @ 02:42 PM
What a crock.......this just after the U.N. blasted the G8(buzzword) for allowing legal loopholes that allow for the sale of weapons to smaller, warring nations. We can perpetuate the conflict(indirectly) of Israel and Palestine but Iran had better watch itself for wanting to institute a cleaner and more efficient energy system.......because they might use it for weaponry; weaponry they might be justified in having considering the world is ganging up on them.......

Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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