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Germany: Berlin against Turkish plan to relocate Syrian refugees to 'safe zone'04:59

Germany: Berlin against Turkish plan to relocate Syrian refugees to 'safe zone'

Germany, Berlin
October 21, 2019 at 15:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

A German Foreign Ministry spokesperson made clear that Berlin objects to Ankara's plans to relocate

Syrian refugees currently in Turkey to the so-called 'safe zone' in northern Syria, which their current military offensive is intended to create.

"We disagree that Syrian civil war refugees that are now in Turkey should then be taken to north east Syria in this 'safe zone', possibly against their will," stated spokesman Christofer Burger on Monday, adding that Germany expects of "all parties involved in Syria to respect international humanitarian law" as "breaches will be prosecuted."

"The facts are clear and they lead us to say that this military operation, military intervention if you wish, has to stop because it is leading to great suffering of the population, forcing people to flee from their ancestral homes and because it offers no outlook to solving an extremely complex situation peacefully," said German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

During the conference Seibert also commented on the latest Brexit developments, saying that Germany supports the newly negotiated deal as "it achieves, especially in the northern Irish question, the aims of the European Union to maintain the integrity of the domestic market and at the same time avoid border checks at the border."

Regarding the letters from the British government Seibert said the European Union received them and that they acknowledged the ones from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson but that an answer to them by the EU will be preceded by "a thorough European consultation."

Turkey announced a 120-hour ceasefire on October 17 to allow Kurdish forces to leave the area of northern Syria that they intend to make into a 'safe zone,' after a round of talks between US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The UK Parliament ended up passing a backbench amendment put forth by Oliver Letwin to withhold the approval of the Brexit deal until the legislation required to enact it is passed.

Germany: Berlin against Turkish plan to relocate Syrian refugees to 'safe zone'04:59
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A German Foreign Ministry spokesperson made clear that Berlin objects to Ankara's plans to relocate

Syrian refugees currently in Turkey to the so-called 'safe zone' in northern Syria, which their current military offensive is intended to create.

"We disagree that Syrian civil war refugees that are now in Turkey should then be taken to north east Syria in this 'safe zone', possibly against their will," stated spokesman Christofer Burger on Monday, adding that Germany expects of "all parties involved in Syria to respect international humanitarian law" as "breaches will be prosecuted."

"The facts are clear and they lead us to say that this military operation, military intervention if you wish, has to stop because it is leading to great suffering of the population, forcing people to flee from their ancestral homes and because it offers no outlook to solving an extremely complex situation peacefully," said German government spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

During the conference Seibert also commented on the latest Brexit developments, saying that Germany supports the newly negotiated deal as "it achieves, especially in the northern Irish question, the aims of the European Union to maintain the integrity of the domestic market and at the same time avoid border checks at the border."

Regarding the letters from the British government Seibert said the European Union received them and that they acknowledged the ones from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson but that an answer to them by the EU will be preceded by "a thorough European consultation."

Turkey announced a 120-hour ceasefire on October 17 to allow Kurdish forces to leave the area of northern Syria that they intend to make into a 'safe zone,' after a round of talks between US Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The UK Parliament ended up passing a backbench amendment put forth by Oliver Letwin to withhold the approval of the Brexit deal until the legislation required to enact it is passed.

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