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Germany: Steinmeier demands Syria ceasefire be respected02:00

Germany: Steinmeier demands Syria ceasefire be respected

Germany, Berlin
September 12, 2016 at 14:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, at Berlin's Villa Borsig on Monday.

In a press conference following the meeting, Steinmeier commented on the US-Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria, stating "We demand all sides to respect the agreement which was reached after days and weeks of negotiations." He added that "at least we have a half-realistic chance again to really bring help to the people saddled by war in Syria."

In turn, Annan applauded German Chancellor Angel Merkel for her leadership during the refugee crisis, and added his congratulations to the German government and the people of Germany "for their solidarity and kindness." The former UN chief was however critical of other European countries actions, stating: "The answer (to the refugee crisis) can never be to erect walls or fences, or to claim that militarized borders or detention of migrants will stop the flow and stop the problem."

Both leaders came to Villa Borsig as part of a meeting of The Elders, an international non-governmental organisation of public figures which includes British businessman Richard Branson.

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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, at Berlin's Villa Borsig on Monday.

In a press conference following the meeting, Steinmeier commented on the US-Russia brokered ceasefire in Syria, stating "We demand all sides to respect the agreement which was reached after days and weeks of negotiations." He added that "at least we have a half-realistic chance again to really bring help to the people saddled by war in Syria."

In turn, Annan applauded German Chancellor Angel Merkel for her leadership during the refugee crisis, and added his congratulations to the German government and the people of Germany "for their solidarity and kindness." The former UN chief was however critical of other European countries actions, stating: "The answer (to the refugee crisis) can never be to erect walls or fences, or to claim that militarized borders or detention of migrants will stop the flow and stop the problem."

Both leaders came to Villa Borsig as part of a meeting of The Elders, an international non-governmental organisation of public figures which includes British businessman Richard Branson.

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