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Foreign Minister Steinmeier: Montreux a ray of hope for people in Syria


Following the decision by the Syrian opposition’s National Coalition to attend the Montreux conference, Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin this evening (18 January):

“This is the right decision, even though I can understand that for many opposition members it was a difficult one to take. For people in Syria to whom civil war and displacement have brought so much suffering, Montreux offers a small ray of hope.

We must make sure the Syria conference isn’t a one‑off affair but a process in which we explore systematically and patiently how headway might be made towards a political solution. Even the slightest progress on humanitarian access or local ceasefires would count as a success.”

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