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Criticism of push: Maas: AKKS Syria plan came at the wrong time

2019-10-23T07:51:34.846Z

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Berlin (AP) - Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has been critical of the initiative of CDU chief and defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said to station an international protection force in northern Syria.

With a view to the agreement of Russia and Turkey on joint controls in the area previously dominated by Kurds, said the SPD politician on Wednesday, the RTL / n-tv editorial: «It might have been wise to wait for this meeting to be based to decide how to proceed. "Maas welcomed the extension of the ceasefire in the crisis area.

Maas once again criticized Kramp-Karrenbauer's uncoordinated approach. "The discussion did not start as well as the proposal was made. That's obvious, "said the minister. Within the coalition, one has to be aware of the responsibility that we have there. Germany must also meet international expectations. One of these expectations is that the federal government works as a whole and makes such suggestions. "She does not, it would have to be done differently. And that's why we have to clarify that now. It is also about confidence in German foreign policy. »

Maas said he expects Kramp-Karrenbauer to make concrete their proposals during the course of Wednesday. "And of course we want to know: What does that mean for the German Bundeswehr? After all, when you make such proposals internationally, you naturally ask: what are you contributing to? How many soldiers are you willing to put on the ground, or are you ready to take control of the airspace? All questions that are not answered, to which no one has given an answer. And we have to know that in advance in order to be able to judge this conclusively. "

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Source: zeit

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