Germany: AKK pushes for 'internationally-monitored safe zone' in northern Syria

German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer argued for an internationally monitored safe zone in northern Syria during a visit of a military base in the German city of Erfurt on Wednesday. «I think that it is important that we get an internationally-monitored safe zone. At the moment, we are experiencing a situation in northern Syria, in which not everyone can be satisfied. People are... Еще being killed, people are being expelled, the pictures are going all around the world,» she said. «The fact remains, that a region of a country has been annexed in breach of international law, Turkey's reported security interests are neither here nor there.» The minister, also known as AKK, added that the leaders of France, the UK and Germany would like to have collective talks with Turkey. «Certainly, the Russians will play a key role, that means that there could be some time still until we arrive at a political agreement but it was important for me that we weren't just spectators,» she added. Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria, dubbed 'Operation Peace Spring,' began on October 9, days after the White House announced the withdrawal of US troops from the area. Turkey agreed to suspend operations for a five-day ceasefire on October 17 to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw, following talks in Ankara between Erdogan and US Vice President Mike Pence.
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