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Germany: Talks around ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Syria point to progress - Steinmeier02:38

Germany: Talks around ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Syria point to progress - Steinmeier

Germany, Hamburg
December 9, 2016 at 19:50 GMT -00:00 · Published

The 23rd OSCE council was dominated by the topic of Syria, said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as he gave the event's closing statement at a press conference in Hamburg, Friday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Steinmeier said that the Russian position was not clear. "Perhaps there are communication problems between the Russian leadership, the foreign and defence ministries," the German foreign minister suggested.

Steinmeier called the situation in Syria "unacceptable" politically and "unbearable" on a humanitarian level, stating that there wasn't "a single speech [at the council] that didn't point out that what we are seeing there is unbearable on a humanitarian level and politically unacceptable."

The German minister did note, however, that the fact that the US and Russian foreign ministers were discussing ceasefires and humanitarian aid was "already [a sign of some] small progress."

Germany: Talks around ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Syria point to progress - Steinmeier02:38
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The 23rd OSCE council was dominated by the topic of Syria, said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as he gave the event's closing statement at a press conference in Hamburg, Friday.

Speaking at a joint press conference with his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz, Steinmeier said that the Russian position was not clear. "Perhaps there are communication problems between the Russian leadership, the foreign and defence ministries," the German foreign minister suggested.

Steinmeier called the situation in Syria "unacceptable" politically and "unbearable" on a humanitarian level, stating that there wasn't "a single speech [at the council] that didn't point out that what we are seeing there is unbearable on a humanitarian level and politically unacceptable."

The German minister did note, however, that the fact that the US and Russian foreign ministers were discussing ceasefires and humanitarian aid was "already [a sign of some] small progress."

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