Security Zone in Syria: Foreign Office Surprises AKK Advance




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Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer rushes ahead with the proposal for an international stabilization mission in northern Syria. Allegedly, the whole thing was discussed with Foreign Minister Maas. But the Foreign Ministry sees it differently.


Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to win allies for an international stabilization mission in the contested northern Syria. However, it is not only uncertain whether the partner countries will join in, but first of all how the coalition partner SPD reacts.

A solution to the conflict lies in the creation of an internationally controlled security zone, including Turkey and Russia, with the aim of achieving it to de-escalate the situation there, "said the CDU chief. The goal must be to continue the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) and to create the conditions for a voluntary return of refugees by rebuilding destroyed regions.

The Bundestag must decide on a possible participation of the Bundeswehr said Kramp-Karrenbauer. She had previously stated several times that Germany must assume more security responsibility. The foreign ministry led by SPD Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that there was a need for discussion on the proposals of the Minister of Defense. From the opposition came criticism, but also approval for the proposal.

"A few days ago, the FDP demanded in Syria a blue helmet mission," said the FDP defense politician Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann. Union politicians would have smiled at first. "Germany has remained speechless for too long in the face of the Turkish invasion," she criticized. The FDP demands an end to the fighting, a treaty for an international security zone between all involved parties to the conflict and a UN resolution. "Germany must also be prepared to actively support this mission with the Bundeswehr," said Strack-Zimmermann.

No Autonomous Regions

The Green Party Foreign Affairs Minister Omid Nouripour said: "The fear of For refugees, parts of the CDU have obscured the view of reality. " Kramp-Karrenbauer also contradicted the Foreign Minister. "Not only does she denounce the reliability of Germany in our alliances with unspoken statements, but she also solidifies the impression that (Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can blackmail us with refugees."

Kramp-Karrenbauer explained the solution He said that a security zone must make it clear that Turkey was not permanently occupying the zone in northern Syria, which was contrary to international law, and that the existing United Nations resolution on Syria had to be respected and the country retained as a common territory and there should be no autonomous other areas in Syria

"Fight against IS is the subject of consultation"

She will discuss her move with her counterpart on the sidelines of the meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels on Thursday and Friday a German participation will then implement the Ministry of Defense with the Bundeswehr, said Kramp-Karrenbauer in the interview on the occasion of her first 100 days in office. Today one is active in the operation against the IS in the training of security forces in Iraq and in airspace surveillance. "If the question is how we continue the fight against IS, it will be the subject of such deliberations," she said.

Turkey launched an offensive against the Kurdish militia YPG on 9 October in northern Syria started, which is regarded by her as a terrorist organization. Ankara justifies the invasion of the right to self-defense. The Federal Government considers the military operation to be contrary to international law. Until now, she has refrained from sanctions except for a restriction of arms exports to Turkey. The offensive also threatens to destroy successes against the IS.

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