Germany ponders ‘international security zone’ in northern Syria

Germany ponders ‘international security zone’ in northern Syria
Angela Merkel (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – The suggestion is to declare this in the same area Russia and Turkey have just announced they will jointly patrol.  Their response to Germany is likely to be some variant of “Yeah, you and what army?”  You don’t get to make Russia and Turkey accept an international security zone when you barely have enough of an armed force to run a decent parade.  The import of the Russia-Turkey accord, meanwhile, is being overblown.  They both know they have no intention of turning it into a 40-year joint lease.  This is an opening move.  One way of putting it is that they’re both signing a Treaty of Hudaybiyah, meaning they won’t honor it any longer than they need it to hamstring the other guy.  The patterns of the East are in the driver’s seat for the time being.]

Germany should leverage its U.N. Security Council membership to push for an “internationally-controlled security zone” in Syria, the country’s defense minister said on Monday.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is also head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic (CDU) party, said such a zone would stabilize the region and ensure Syrian refugees now housed in Turkey return on a voluntary basis.

“My recommendation is that we establish an internationally-controlled security zone, in cooperation with Turkey and Russia,” she said, adding that the move would also ensure that Turkey’s military offensive does not result in a permanent occupation of northeastern Syria.

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