Defense Minister Kramp-Karrenbauer rushes ahead with the proposal for an international stabilization mission in northern Syria. Allegedly, the whole thing was discussed with Foreign Minister Maas. But the Foreign Ministry sees it differently.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas of the SPD has evidently been surprised by the proposal of Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer of the CDU for an international security zone in northern Syria. The Foreign Office has a need for discussion, as the German press agency learned from the resort.
Kramp-Karrenbauer had told dpa that she had informed Maas. On ZDF she explained that she had been in contact with him via text message and had informed him that she would "make a suggestion."
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The minister wants allies for an international Win stabilization mission in the contested North Syria. The goal must be to continue the fight against the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) and to create the conditions for a voluntary return of refugees with a reconstruction of destroyed regions, said the CDU leader of the DPA.
The Greens Foreign Minister Omid Nouripour told the news agency that Kramp-Karrenbauer is in disagreement with Foreign Minister Maas. He had said it was too early for such considerations. "So it not only denies the reliability of Germany in our alliances with unspoken announcements," said Nouripour. It also solidifies the impression that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could blackmail Germany with the threat of allowing refugees to move to Europe. "The fear of refugees has clouded parts of the CDU's view of reality."