German defense minister wants UN mandate for safe zone in Syria – sources

German defense minister wants UN mandate for safe zone in Syria – sources

Germany’s defense minister has told lawmakers she wants to get the UN Security Council to approve a safe zone in northern Syria, Reuters cited a source as saying on Wednesday.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said NATO partners had signaled readiness to discuss her proposal, which was made public on Monday, according to two sources.

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The minister, who is Angela Merkel’s preferred successor as chancellor, said earlier she did not rule out sending German soldiers to Syria, but that would be a matter for parliament.

The proposal raised tension in Merkel’s coalition as the SPD party is wary of foreign military commitments.

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