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Germany: Astana-based Syria negotiations 'have to flow into Geneva talks' - Gabriel01:58

Germany: Astana-based Syria negotiations 'have to flow into Geneva talks' - Gabriel

Germany, Bonn
February 17, 2017 at 16:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel argued that the peace talks on Syria in Astana "[have] to be channelled into the Geneva negotiations," during a press conference, held alongside the G20 foreign ministers' summit in Bonn, Friday.

Gabriel argued that United Nations must take a role in the settlement because "what we need at the end of the day to solve the Syrian crisis is the political process."

During the press conference, the German foreign minister also argued that international crises could not be tackled by an increase of budget defence" and that "in order to provide security and stability, we have to do more than increasing the defence budget." However, he admitted that "sometimes military interventions are necessary to prevent outbreaks of violence."

Gabriel also stressed that "international questions demand international answers" before adding that "in order to tackle them, we need to cooperate with one another instead of [isolating ourselves with] new walls."

Germany currently holds the G20 presidency and is hosting the diplomats for two days under the motto "Shaping global order - foreign policy beyond crisis management." Existing conflicts, including the fight against terrorism and ways to prevent future crises top the summit's agenda.

The latest round of intra-Syrian peace talks, mediated by delegations from Iran, Turkey and Russia with the participation of representatives of Syrian government and the armed opposition, got underway in Astana on Thursday. Previous talks took place in Astana on January 23-24, with ongoing operational meetings held in the meantime.

Germany: Astana-based Syria negotiations 'have to flow into Geneva talks' - Gabriel01:58
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German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel argued that the peace talks on Syria in Astana "[have] to be channelled into the Geneva negotiations," during a press conference, held alongside the G20 foreign ministers' summit in Bonn, Friday.

Gabriel argued that United Nations must take a role in the settlement because "what we need at the end of the day to solve the Syrian crisis is the political process."

During the press conference, the German foreign minister also argued that international crises could not be tackled by an increase of budget defence" and that "in order to provide security and stability, we have to do more than increasing the defence budget." However, he admitted that "sometimes military interventions are necessary to prevent outbreaks of violence."

Gabriel also stressed that "international questions demand international answers" before adding that "in order to tackle them, we need to cooperate with one another instead of [isolating ourselves with] new walls."

Germany currently holds the G20 presidency and is hosting the diplomats for two days under the motto "Shaping global order - foreign policy beyond crisis management." Existing conflicts, including the fight against terrorism and ways to prevent future crises top the summit's agenda.

The latest round of intra-Syrian peace talks, mediated by delegations from Iran, Turkey and Russia with the participation of representatives of Syrian government and the armed opposition, got underway in Astana on Thursday. Previous talks took place in Astana on January 23-24, with ongoing operational meetings held in the meantime.

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