British PM eyes reform of the G8 in 2013

Britain will try to reform the G8 when it chairs the group in 2013, narrowing its focus to foreign policy and security, and could even combine meetings with NATO summits, premier David Cameron said.

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2010, 21:25 PM IST

London: Britain will try to reform the G8
when it chairs the group in 2013, narrowing its focus to
foreign policy and security, and could even combine meetings
with NATO summits, Premier David Cameron said.

The broader G20, comprising developed and developing
countries, would remain the main economic forum for world
leaders, a status it achieved during the global financial
crisis, he said.

"When it comes to the UK`s turn in 2013 there is an
opportunity to change the way the G8 works," Cameron told
reporters on his flight home yesterday from summits of the
Group of Eight rich nations and the Group of 20 in Canada.

"You could make it more focused and strategic, majoring on
foreign policy and security issues, while also keeping the
particular link to accountability on development aid which is
really important.

"But you could consider getting rid of the pre-cooked
communique, to turn it into a proper small strategic
discussion."

The prime minister said the G8 could be allied to foreign
affairs events such as meetings of NATO and the United
Nations, which would leave the larger G20 to discuss economic
issues.

PTI