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UK: Merkel arrives in Belfast

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1. W/S German Chancellor Angela Merkel disembarks from airplane, enters car 2. W/S Airplane carrying Merkel SCRIPT UK: Merkel arrives in Belfast German Chancellor Angela Merkel touched down in Northern Ireland Monday to attend the G8 meeting, with Syria set to be top of the agenda. The German leader's stance on the conflict - expected to be the most divisive topic of discussion - has been unequivocal in recent weeks. Several days ago she urged the UN Security Council to reach a joint position on Syria, following news that the US is prepared to arm forces opposed to the government of Bashar Al-Assad. The German leader has ruled out sending arms to the opposition and backs an international Syrian peace conference. The White House says government forces have crossed a "red line" by using chemical weapons against the oppositon, saying this legitimises arming the rebels. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded Saturday, saying it is highly unlikely that Syrian government forces used such weapons.