n-tv Early start to northern Syria: Maas sees AKK in duty




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Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer now has to deliver. Foreign Minister Maas is convinced of that. The SPD politician demands from his cabinet colleague in the n-tv early start concrete proposals, as she imagines an international protection zone in northern Syria.


According to Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer made her proposal for an international protection zone in northern Syria at the wrong time. "Perhaps it would have been wise to wait for this meeting to decide on the basis of what to do next," he said, referring to yesterday's agreement between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan to conduct Turkish-Russian patrols in northern Syria. The prolongation of the ceasefire greeted Maas.

He criticized the style of Kramp-Karrenbauers again. "The discussion did not start as well as the proposal was made, which is obvious, you have to be aware of the responsibility that we have within the coalition," Maas said at n-tv's launch. Germany must meet international expectations. "One expectation is that we are reliable, that the federal government works as a whole and makes such proposals, it does not, it would have to be done differently, so we have to clarify that now, it's also about confidence in German foreign policy . "

Maas now sees the Minister of Defense in duty. He hopes that she will substantiate her proposals later today. "Of course we want to know what that means for the German Armed Forces, because if you make such proposals internationally, then of course you're asked: what are you wearing, how many soldiers are you willing to put on the ground, or are you ready to Any questions that have not been answered, to which no one has yet given an answer, and that we need to know in order to be able to assess this conclusively. " Kramp-Karrenbauer now has to deliver.

Maas does not see his personal relationship of trust with Kramp-Karrenbauer being damaged. "It's such an important issue, and ultimately it's about finding a peaceful solution for Syria, so you can not be too sensitive."

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