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G8 summit conclusions on Syria, North Korea and more

Foreign Secretary William Hague outlined the progress made on a host of topics under discussion at the G8 summit as follows:

  • G8 ministers remain "deeply concerned" about Syria and will prioritise improving humanitarian access, ensuring donors pay up and promoting stability in countries that are hosting refugees.
  • Committed to "further significant measures" against North Korea if there is another missile launch or nuclear test.
  • Warned that the "window of diplomacy" with Iran over its nuclear programme would not remain open for much longer.
  • Welcomed recent progress on the Middle East peace process.
  • Welcomed political and economic progress in Burma but expressed concern about ethnic and religious conflict.

Hague: World has failed in its responsibilities to Syria

Foreign Secretary William Hague speaking to reporters at the end of the G8 talks in London

Foreign Secretary William Hague admitted that "the world has failed" in its responsibilities to Syria and that it "continues to do so".

Pressed by ITV News' International Editor Bill Neely to admit that the G8 talks had made "no progress" on the issue, he said he had never expected a breakthrough at the meeting.

But he added that the discussions, which included Syria's ally Russia, had been valuable and that it was "vital to continue the discussions if we are ever to make a breakthrough".

Read: The G8: A lesson in how the powerful can be powerless


Jolie welcomes G8 funding for conflict sexual violence

Actress Angelina Jolie (right) with Foreign Secretary William Hague (centre).

The Government will spend a further £10 million on tackling war-zone sexual violence and violence against women and girls, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced.

Mr Hague said the commitment was necessary to "end the treatment of rape and sexual violence as a secondary issue and to put women and women's rights front and centre in conflict resolution."

Half of the money (£5 million) will come from the Foreign Office (FCO), while the other half will come from the Department for International Development (DfID).

The UK's pledge will make up part of a £23 million package pledged by the G8 nations, whose foreign ministers are meeting in London today.

Actress Angelina Jolie, who attended the meeting in her role as a UN envoy, welcomed the "long-overdue stand that the G8 has taken and this landmark declaration".


Syrian Air Force 'targeting civilians'

The Syrian Air Force has carried out indiscriminate and deliberate air strikes against civilians, Human Rights Watch warned.

The organisation said it documented 59 unlawful attacks in northern Syria, based on visits to 50 sites and interviews with witnesses and victims.

It said that according to a network of local Syrian activists, air strikes have killed more than 4,300 civilians across the country since July 2012.

In village after village, we found a civilian population terrified by their country’s own air force. These illegal air strikes killed and injured many civilians and sowed a path of destruction, fear, and displacement.

– Ole Solvang, Human Rights Watch emergencies researcher
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