G8 foreign ministers meet in London to address Syria, N. Korea

Tue Apr 9, 2013 8:01pm EDT
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* Situation in Syria will top agenda

* Syrian National Coalition leaders to meet foreign ministers

* Britain will press case for support to Syrian opposition

By Natalie Huet

LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) - G8 foreign ministers meet on Wednesday in London, where host Britain will press its case for doing more to help the Syrian opposition against President Bashar al-Assad and end a devastating civil war.

Responding to threats from North Korea of an imminent conflict with its southern neighbour will also be high on the agenda of the Group of Eight leading industrialised nations - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and Russia - gathered in Britain's capital till Thursday.

Leaders of the Syrian National Coalition will be present on the sidelines of the G8 and hold talks with those foreign ministers willing to meet them, British Foreign Secretary William Hague told reporters on Tuesday.

Hague, his French counterpart Laurent Fabius and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are expected to hold talks with the civilian opposition figures.

"I will be joining and convening some of those meetings to discuss the urgent humanitarian needs and the urgent need for a political and diplomatic breakthrough on Syria," Hague said.   Continued...