G8 summit

G8 leaders (L-R) Russia's President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and France's President Francois Hollande stand on the podium for the family photograph. Photo: AFP

Fine words but no action from G8

In the context of the war in Syria, the G8's support for convening peace talks in Geneva "as soon as possible" and a pledge of US$1.5 billion in humanitarian aid are the diplomatic equivalent of motherhood and apple pie - a comforting reaffirmation of the decent and unobjectionable.