28 May '11, 1am

G8 leaders throw their support behind Arab revolts

G8 leaders throw their support behind Arab revolts

DEAUVILLE, France : G8 leaders sought Friday to thrash out a common position on how to support Arab democratic revolts, brandishing a threat of action against Syria and demanding Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi go. The demands were laid out in a draft declaration by leaders of the world's most industrialised democracies seen by AFP, which could yet be watered down, especially given Russia's strong Middle Eastern alliances. The strongest language was reserved for Gaddafi, with even Russia apparently backing a demand for the strongman to quit, even though Moscow claimed it had been asked to promote a negotiated settlement to the Libya conflict. "We demand the immediate cessation of the use of force against civilians by the Libyan regime forces as well as the cessation of all incitement to hostility and violence against the civilian population," it said. "Gaddafi and the Lib...

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