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Summit G8 – about Golf and Syria

In the Irish Lough Erne chic resort start today the works of the 39th edition of the G8 Summit (Group of the main industrialized countries in the world). On the discussion agenda are the financial situation in the eurozone, the fears that the U.S. economy is recovering more slowly than is desirable, elimination of trade barriers between the United States and the European Union and the crisis in Syria, especially after the U.S. announced they would support the weapons rebel forces.

The situation in Syria will be examined also to the bilateral talks between President Barack Obama and Russian , Vladimir Putin. About the situation in Syria Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken at a meeting (last weekend) with the British Prime Minister, David Cameron. The main conclusion from the discussion at the high level reunion: “We can overcome these differences (ie actions in the conflict) if we recognize that we share common objectives: to end the conflict, to stop dismantling Syria to let Syrian people to decide who leads, fight against extremists and defeat them” said British Prime Minister at the end. Instead, the Kremlin leader again warned that the decision by Western countries to arms Assad regime opponents is dangerous and unconstructive. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave assurances that “Moscow does not violate international rules, delivering weapons to the regime in Damascus, but he would act differently if its Western partners in the G8 will provide arms the rebels in Syria” according to AFP. The oldest leader at G8 is Putin, 60, and the youngest is Cameron, 46.

lough-erne-g8-390x285Leaders which are attending at the meeting will also discuss about the global economy and will exchange views on the foreign affairs and security issues. Discussions will also focus on promoting more transparency in terms of revenues from extractive industries and forestry as well as in the system of governance of land and government information. Food security, transition in North Africa and climate change will also be high on the G8 agenda. The preamble to the meeting, British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande to begin discussions on a free trade agreement between the EU and the U.S..

At the start of his speech at the Waterfront Hall, President Obama joked that he hoped to get some golf practice in while attending the G8 summit at the Lough Erne hotel resort which was designed by Nick Faldo. He said he has been talking to Ulster golf star Rory McIlroy about improving his golf skills.

David Cameron was asked about the Guardian G20 spying revelations earlier. He did not have much to say about it. “We never comment on security or intelligence issues and I am not about to start now. I don’t make comments on security or intelligence issues, that would be breaking something that no government has previously done”. Notice that with just one day before the start of the G8 Summit, former employee of the U.S. Lough Erne resortNational Security Agency Edward Snowden revealed by the journalists from The Telegraph that Britain spied all delegates attending the 2009 G20 meeting in London. (The Turkish government has demanded an immediate explanation from the UK government of a British eavesdropping operation targeted at the Turkish delegation to a G20 meeting, saying such that – if confirmed – behaviour towards a Nato ally would be “unacceptable” and “scandalous”.)

Usually, the meeting was preceded by several anti-globalization protests. G8 summits have always drawn large demonstrations, but Fermanagh’s geography will make it hard for protesters. Over two thousand people marched through the streets of Belfast, with banners in their hands and chanting slogans against the G8 Summit. Authorities have mobilized hundreds of policemen in Irish capital city, where the group “Stop G8” announced that it will hold peaceful protests before and during the two days of conducting the meeting. However, around the area of the hotel where the world leaders are accommodated were deployed impressive order forces.