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Foreign Minister Steinmeier speaking after the Syria conference in Vienna

02.11.2015

Federal Foreign Minister Frank‑Walter Steinmeier spoke to the Bild am Sonntag newspaper (2 November 2015):

For the first time in many years there are now grounds for the people in Syria to hope that one day in the not‑too‑distant future they will once again be able to live in peace in their own homeland. This is the desire of millions of Syrians who have been driven out of their homes and who now live scattered throughout the country or have fled to neighbouring countries and to Germany.

At the moment it is still more of a hope than reality, but the first steps were taken in Vienna on Friday: For the first time ever all the major powers and regional players have come together to negotiate on a way to bring the horrific civil war to an end. The discussions were tough but constructive.

We now have a huge amount of work to do. Those who want to sabotage the process have not disappeared, the conflicts of interests are still great, and the efforts made to defend these interests by military means are also considerable. Success is therefore by no means a foregone conclusion.

And that is exactly why we will do everything in our power to ensure that peace in and for Syria does not remain an ephemeral dream but rather becomes a real, tangible prospect for the people.

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