Cameron quizzed over G8 summit


David Cameron has updated MPs on the agreements reached at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, concerning the crisis in Syria and international tax avoidance.

The prime minister hailed the leaders' agreement on tackling tax avoidance, ransom demands, and the conflict in Syria, during his statement on 19 June 2013.

He said a pro-business agenda has been "written into the DNA" of the G8 and G20 summits, "I hope for many years to come".

The summit, held at Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, ended on Tuesday with a communiqué stating that the conflict in Syria, in which an estimated 83,000 people have died, should end "as soon as possible", with peace talks in Geneva.

Mr Cameron said diplomacy and a political solution were the only ways to end the fighting.

"We are committed to using diplomacy to end this war with a political solution. This is not easy but the essential first step between the main international powers with influence on Syria. That is what we have done with the G8 at Lough Erne. We must now turn these commitments into action," he said.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said limited progress had been achieved with regards to Syria.

"The reality is that we didn't witness the long hoped-for breakthrough on Syria at the G8 summit and we should be candid about that."

He said the prime minister had his "full support" on the steps agreed on terrorism, Afghanistan and Libya.

"But can I urge him in the months ahead to proceed with the greatest possible clarity about his strategy and purpose and seek to build the greatest possible consensus across this House."

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