Turkey is open to Kramp-Karrenbauers Syria plan

Hulusi Akar

The Turkish Minister of Defense wants to discuss the proposal from Germany.

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Ankara According to an interview transcript, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar was open during the Nato meeting in Brussels for the idea of ​​a UN-secured zone in the border region with Turkey. The plan came from the German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU), who had proposed him earlier this week without consultation in the Cabinet.

In a transcript of a conversation with Turkish journalists published on Saturday on the website of the Ministry of Defense in Ankara, the question was asked what he thought of the "Offer from Germany": "This is an issue to talk about, you can talk about it , Should they come, so that we first understand exactly what an offer this is. "It must be examined whether the offer with the aspirations of Turkey" compliant "and could be" combined ".

He talked to the Minister (Kramp-Karrenbauer) about it, Akar said. Turkey will assess and work on the proposal if it is presented "in detail". Hulusi Akar added, according to the transcript, that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself addressed this issue at the UN and elsewhere.

On Saturday, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) visited Ankara and wanted to penetrate with his counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu on a permanent ceasefire in northern Syria. In Ankara, Maas can not present a concerted attitude by the Federal Government on how to proceed in northern Syria. He and the SPD had not previously supported the proposal of Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Turkey invaded northern Syria a good two weeks ago to oust the YPG Kurdish militia it regarded as a terrorist organization. Turkey and Russia have now agreed to jointly control northern Syrian border areas with Turkey. A firing break agreed with Russia for the withdrawal of the YPG fighters is due to expire on Tuesday evening local time.

More: Following his withdrawal from Syria, Trump downplayed a possible threat of Islamist attacks on the US. Foreign Minister Pompeo also defends the troop withdrawal.

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