Germany aspires prolonged ceasefire in Syria – minister

ANKARA, Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed on Saturday his country’s desire for a prolonged ceasefire in Syria, and an end to the ongoing war there before winter season.

Heiko made his remarks at a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, noting recent developments in Syria forced him to make such an emergency visit.

He hoped that Turkey’s current presence in northern Syria is not permanent, stressing the importance of the forthcoming meeting of the Syrian Constitutional Committee authorized to draft new constitution in Geneva in drawing the country’s future.

Germany is mostly interested in securing the region and returning of Syrian refugees from Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, Heiko said, calling on all parties involved, particularly civil society bodies, to intervene in order to bring back refugees voluntarily.

For his part, Cavusoglu called on Germany to act in line with the “spirit of alliance” on Turkey’s anti-terrorism operation in northern Syria.

He expressed his country’s regret over recent harassments and attacks of Turkish citizens in Germany by YPG/PKK-affiliated elements, urging German security authorities to act against such terrorist groups.

The Turkish minister also affirmed his country takes into great consideration issues of Syria’s territorial integrity and voluntary return of refugees, adding Ankara had faced up to an attempt by YPG/PKK and Israel to divide Syria.

He also said that over 30,000 displaced Syrians had returned to northern Syria since the launch of Turkey’s anti-terror operation “spirit of alliance” there.

Source: Kuwait News Agency