Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU General Secretary speaking about security zone in Syria

German Defense Minister intends to create a security zone in Syria

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German Minister of Defense Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has taken the initiative to create an international security zone in Syria on the border with Turkey with the involvement of Moscow and Ankara.

Crump-Karrenbauer noted that she had agreed on her proposal with Chancellor Angela Merkel and will present it to the Western allies on the sidelines of the meeting of NATO defense ministers, which will be held in Brussels on October 24-25.  “The question of what this solution might look like is the creation of a security zone controlled by the international community with the involvement of Turkey and Russia in order to de-escalate the situation, in order to continue the fight against terror [of the terrorist organization banned in the Russian Federation] of the Islamic State, in order to ensure the possibility of a real  continuing the constitutional process that has just begun, “she said.

In her opinion, the situation in Syria is detrimental to the security interests of Germany and Europe.  In this regard, “the impulse and political initiative” coming from Germany “into NATO” makes sense, “the minister believes.  Crump-Karrenbauer also noted that, if agreed by partners, the country’s parliament should decide on the possible participation of the Bundeswehr in efforts to create such a security zone.

On October 9, Ankara announced that it would carry out Operation Source of Peace in northern Syria with the goal of creating a buffer zone there.  It should become a protective belt for the Turkish border.  According to Ankara’s plan, Syrian refugees will be able to return to Turkey from this region.  Damascus called the operation aggression, the international community condemned the actions of Ankara. In

On October 17, the United States and Turkey reached an agreement to suspend hostilities.  Turkey agreed to ceasefire for 120 hours so that Kurdish units in the Syrian Forces coalition leave the border security zone created by Ankara.

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