Germany welcomes Turkey-Russia deal on northern Syria

Germany welcomes Turkey-Russia deal on northern Syria

Germany on Wednesday welcomed the agreement between Turkey and Russia for a terror-free zone in northern Syria, Yeni Safak reports.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman expressed hope that the agreement will contribute to further de-escalation of tensions.

“We welcome that the agreement has extended the ceasefire for another 150 hours,” Steffen Seibert said, referring to the deadline given to the terrorist YPG/PKK group to pull back 30 kilometers (19 miles) from the Turkish-Syrian border.

“And it’s also very important that Turkish and Russian presidents have reaffirmed their support in the agreement for the Constitutional Committee for Syria, which will gather in Geneva next week,” Seibert said, stressing that this will be an important milestone for a political solution to end Syria’s 8-years long civil war.

Seibert also said that Germany will have talks with its EU partners, Turkey and Russia on the details of the agreement, to clarify points such as the UNHCR’s role in the return of Syrian refugees in a safe and voluntary manner.