Germany’s defense minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will present a proposal for an internationally controlled security zone on the Syria-Turkey border to NATO allies, media reported on Monday, October 21.
Kramp-Karrenbauer told DPA that she had coordinated with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday and proposed the new mission to Western allies. She will present the plan on the sidelines of the meeting of NATO defense ministers on Thursday and Friday.
Kramp-Karrenbauer said that Germany and other European states have so far been too passive in response to Turkey’s incursion into northeast Syria.
“The question of what this solution might look like lies in the creation of an internationally controlled security zone involving Turkey and Russia, with the aim of de-escalating the situation” and continuing the fight against Islamic State and the constitutional process set in motion by U.N. Security Council resolutions, Kramp-Karrenbauer said.
Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, must approve foreign deployments of the Bundeswehr, Germany’s military.
Source: The Defense Post.