G8 Leaders Vow Aid to Egypt and Tunisia

Aid, while helpful, is just a start.

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Sud adds that, along with the foreign aid promises, it's up to leaders both in the region and around the world to make clear that the path to real economic growth will be a long and difficult one, so not to raise expectations that the aid alone will be a solution to the region's problems.

The G8 declaration from Deauville also made clear that Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Qadhafi, who has lashed out violently against opposition in his country over the past few months, has "no future in a free, democratic Libya" and "must go." The leaders also put pressure on Syria's leader to stop the use of force against his country's people and on Iran to halt its nuclear activities. [See photos of the unrest in Libya.]

The effect of the G8 commitments will be difficult to gauge in the short term, experts say, but if democracy and economic growth does catch hold in the region, the actions this week could define the significance of the group itself moving forward.

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