G8 foreign ministers express concern about Syria

The G8 foreign ministers, a group of nations with a broad range of global interests, met in London on Wednesday and Thursday to address multiple international issues, including the Syrian conflict.

The ministers condemned the use of heavy weapons in residential Syrian areas and reaffirmed that the use of chemical weapons would compel a significant response internationally. The ministers also reaffirmed the necessity of safeguarding sites where chemical weapons are held.

Since the conflict began, more than 70,000 people were killed, more than a million Syrian refugees were registered in neighboring countries and more than two million people were internally displaced within the country itself.

The G8 ministers acknowledged the role neighboring countries played in hosting refugees and emphasized the need for the international community to help the countries most burdened by the displaced Syrians. The ministers called on all countries to join with them to maximize contributions to the latest appeals by the U.N. during this challenging situation.

The ministers affirmed their commitment to a Syrian-led political transition that should meet the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people and allow them to independently and democratically choose their own future.

The foreign ministers condemned all human rights abuses and violations in Syria and called on all parties involved to respect international human rights.