Canada among nations looking to enhance protection for Syrian civilians

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Canada and a number of other countries at the G20 are pledging further help to protect Syrian civilians from violence, in the absence of a wider consensus on a military strike.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met early today with British Prime Minister David Cameron, United Nations secretary general Ban ki-Moon, and ministers and officials from five other countries.

Baird is expected to announce some form of further help for Syria, in addition to the $316 million it has contributed since 2011.

Cameron said the British government would be contributing an additional $85 million towards medical training and assistance to specifically help civilians who had been harmed in a chemical attack.

Leaders of the G20 nations discussed Syria at a working dinner hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin late into the night Thursday.

Organizations: United Nations

Geographic location: Canada, Syria, ST. PETERSBURG Russia

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