ENNISKILLEN, United Kingdom: Eight of the world’s most powerful leaders will shut themselves away in splendid isolation for the G8 summit from Monday in a resort in a picturesque area of Northern Ireland that was once a bastion of the Irish Republican Army. US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are among the leaders holding two days of talks at the exclusive Lough Erne golf and spa resort, surrounded by freshwater lakes and located eight kilometres (five miles) from the town of Enniskillen. British Prime Minister David Cameron, the summit host, has chosen the secluded location for security reasons and to stave off protests from anti-capitalism demonstrators that have haunted recent G8 summits. Despite its remote location, the meeting will be surrounded by the biggest police operation in Northern Ireland’s history, involving 8,000 officers, although many will be deployed 80 miles away in the capital, Belfast, where demonstrations are expected. Police also fear that dissident republican extremists opposed to the peace process in Northern Ireland might seek to launch a headline-grabbing attack in Belfast. A forbidding security fence has been erected around the perimeter of the summit venue and a seven-mile stretch of the lough, or lake, has… Read full this story
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