U.S. Hosts G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting

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April 12, 2012
G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Washington April 2012

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On April 11-12, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted her G-8 counterparts for the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. During the opening plenary on April 11, Secretary Clinton said:

"I greatly appreciate this opportunity to discuss in person the many global issues that require joint leadership from the G-8 nations. The events of this past year, even of just this past week, affirm the continued need for comprehensive international cooperation, and the G-8 is an essential forum for that."

During the two-day meeting, the Foreign Ministers discussed a range of country-specific, regional, and transnational topics, including Syria, North Korea, Iran, the crisis in the Sahel, and outcomes of the Middle East Quartet meeting, among other issues. At the conclusion of the G-8 Ministerial, Secretary Clinton said:

"This group of nations has extensive shared interests and responsibilities around the globe, so we discussed a range of issues that are of pressing concern. And while there was certainly frank debate about the details, we all affirmed our common commitment to confronting these challenges together and working in close consultation with one another."

On Syria, the Secretary said, "We welcomed Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan's report that the violence in Syria, at least for the moment, has abated. I also spoke separately about this at some length with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov. If it holds, a ceasefire is an important step, but it represents just one element of the special envoy's plan. As Kofi Annan reported, the Assad regime has, so far, failed to comply with key obligations. The regime's troops and tanks have not pulled back from population centers. And it remains to be seen if the regime will keep its pledge to permit peaceful demonstrations, open access for humanitarian aid and journalists, and begin a political transition. The Annan plan is not a menu of options. It is a set of obligations. The burden of fully and visibly meeting all of these obligations continues to rest with the regime. They cannot pick and choose. For it to be meaningful, this apparent halt in violence must lead to a credible political process and a peaceful, inclusive, democratic transition."

On North Korea, Secretary Clinton said, "The G8 ministers discussed our concerns that North Korea continues to prepare to launch a ballistic missile in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and its own national commitments. We urge the North Korean leadership to honor its agreements and refrain from pursuing a cycle of provocation. We all share an interest in fostering security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, and the best way to achieve that is for North Korea to live up to its word."

On Iran, Secretary Clinton said, "We also looked ahead to the P-5+1 talks with Iran, scheduled to take place in Istanbul this weekend. We continue to underscore that we hope these talks result in an environment that is conducive to a sustained process that delivers results. This is a chance for Iran to credibly address the concerns of the international community. Iran, in coming to the table, needs to demonstrate that they are serious."

You can find video and text transcript of the Secretary's full remarks at the G-8 Ministerial here. The United States holds the G-8 Presidency in 2012, and will host the G-8 Summit at Camp David May 18-19.

Update: G-8 Foreign Ministers release a statement condemning the launch by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and calling on the DPRK to abstain from further launches using ballistic missile technology or other actions which aggravate the situation on the Korean Peninsula.



April 12, 2012

Adri in Indonesia writes:

Best of luck on everything ma'am

Hope everything will turn out perfectly

God bless you

South Korea
April 12, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

In Northeast Asia (at least) to achieve military balance, the first through the cooperation of North Korea and the political, military, think that should be economically independent.
Sacrament of unity, of course, the second sikyeoseo, China and Russia to create a breakwater to think.

- Many times the story, but I will let me down North Korea's missile launch.

I think you have defined the concept of North Korea and about, talk about my opinion - is actually a protest. Define your concept of North and South Korea about ....

South Korea - perhaps, and military political and economic culture socially, South Korea as a colony of the United States, I think. Extent of the Roman provinces, the concept ....

(After the war of liberation and South Korea play a leading role in economic development, and many are still exactly is exporting goods ...)

However, the North Korea after the death of the leader, North Korea's political situation as it changes, there was a tendency to use political, I think this trend is even stronger.

Contrary to the strengthening of its influence on North Korea, rather than making a fool of the world is against policy.
North Korea
For the unification of North and South Korea,
Subject and object, I think.

All policies on North Korea,

The ultimate goal is set to unity, and think that should be run. Policies to realize the many problems and difficulties in the process, but

North Korea simply used as a political policy that is the opposite.

Think the goal is reunification. In order to overcome the political crisis, issued a statement, and an impossible policy awful lot unification policy, not Expansion of realistic and practical approach that encourages the exchange of people and goods realization of this goal, unification policy, I think.

Ideological and philosophical approach, not the real problem while solving the (economic approach - Korea's domestic market, narrowing and identity, to overcome, while North Korea's economic status improvement to succeed, you officially wish Northeast Asia political and economic balance of the military is likely to be completed very big claims. claims.)

For the unification of North and South Korea, a small effort to be realized in reality,

That the elections in South Korea, North Korea fired a missile if using, in cooperation with Korean reunification efforts make it happen, think of the North is absolutely rejected. China and Russia, South Korea a little more than the United States owing to the cooperative,

I think unity is impossible.

Becoming a military show in the Cold War, to stop the economic crisis, while substantial efforts for reunification should think.

PS Fle swim, go to the White House or State Department ....

Why the surprise action, promote conflict do? Obama administration with the previous Bush administration policies differentiated What is it?

South Korea
April 14, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

@ Sec

Q-President Nicolas Sarkozy of France or François Hollande?


The stock price go up, Are you delight?

April 13, 2012

W.W. writes:

you should have met in Switzerland

South Korea
April 14, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

China, Russia, Japan, South Korea and North Korea are all fools to think that. Do resuscitate the economy. Will I keep it cold. is spring ...

April 14, 2012

W.W. writes:

Government's first duty is to protect the people not to run their lives.

April 16, 2012

W.W. writes:

hearts full of shame

Anybody can wear suit and tie

... few people has the high privilege to be born in the right family and wear the same suit and tie and sit at the same table deciding how to run people lives ...

freedom from the lobby


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