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Foreign Minister Steinmeier calls on Moscow and Ankara to respect the Munich commitments

16.02.2016 - Press release

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement in Berlin today (16 February) on the situation in Syria:

Certainly now after yesterday’s attacks on hospitals and schools, we know there is no alternative to the Munich commitments.

With the many lives lost in hospitals and schools, the civil war in Syria has sadly reached another low point.

Should this continue, our efforts to improve access for humanitarian assistance and prepare a cessation of hostilities between the regime forces and the opposition are going to be called into question.

My clear expectation is that Moscow and Ankara take the Munich commitments as their guide in all military and political action and that, in the run-up to final agreements on a cessation of hostilities, there is a tangible reduction in military activities.

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