Representatives of the eight most powerful countries in the world reunited, this midday in France, to discuss current topics such as confrontations that plague the Middle East and nuclear security crisis in the world after the situation in the Fukushima plant in Japan.
The leaders condemned the crackdown on demonstrations by Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. They threatened to impose sanctions from the Security Council in case their call is unheeded while the European Union increased sanctions against the regime this week with a travel ban for the president and blocking his assets.
G8 is expected to demand an “immediate” cease fire from the Libyan leader Muammar al Gaddafi on civilians and said that they are against any plan that promotes a division in Libya stating that Ghadafi “must go.”
Russian President, Dmitri Medvedev, said Russia will not support a resolution against Syria if it resembles the one taken against Libya, resulting in military intervention. “The G8 must not become an organ to propose measures of pressure and sanctions,” he said.
Angela Merkel, German chancellor, promised “concrete help to the Arab world which are making democratic reforms and stressed that these countries need “outside help” and said that Germany will increase cooperation both in labor and education in countries like Egypt and Tunisia.
Regarding the nuclear safety, the Chancellor predicted that prompted a review of all operating plants and to analyze those that are under construction. “We need to monitor the security standards at international level.”