DThe idea of a humanitarian / military international stabilization mission for northern Syria is also supported by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The proposal for such an engagement, mandated by the UN, had been published on Monday by the CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, but had not previously been agreed with the SPD coalition partner.
Merkel said, according to participants at the meeting of the Union faction in the Bundestag, the idea of establishing protection zones in northern Syria was “very promising”. The idea was “always worth trying to implement”. Merkel announced that she would discuss the initiative at a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emanuel Macron and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It must be prevented on the one hand, that the Turkish army forever in the north of Syria remain, on the other hand, one should not allow that the troops of the Syrian ruler Assad there prevented the return of refugees.
Also Friedrich Merz supports the thrust of Kramp-Karrenbauer. Of course, one must wait and see how the proposal will be made concrete, said Merz the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “But what is important is the signal that we are prepared to take on responsibility for foreign and security policy.” Merz said that Germany had been reluctant to take the initiative for far too long. “I think it's good that a proposal is now on the table come and that the Ministry of Defense is taking care of it. “
Merz also pointed out how important he was to coordinate with European partners on this issue. “Especially in times of Brexit, it would be a strong signal that the EU states continue to co-exist with Britain in security policy,” said Merz F.A.Z.
The SPD was surprised and skeptical of Kramp-Karrenbauer's attack on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD), whom the Defense Secretary had briefed on her proposal, said “SMS diplomacy” could easily become “SOS diplomacy”. Representatives of the Syrian Kurds welcomed Kramp-Karrenbauers push. Any proposal to protect the civilian population and to achieve a lasting peace is positive, said the German representative of the Kurdish self-government in northern and eastern Syria, Ibrahim Murad, on Tuesday.
In Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi, presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Erdogan, spent hours negotiating for hours on the situation in northern Syria. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, made the whereabouts of Turkish troops in Syria dependent on the placements of the Damascus regime. Russia's foreign ministry accused Turkey of violating the territorial integrity of Syria.
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