Merkel Skeptical About Creation of No-Fly Zone in Syria

© REUTERS / Fabrizio BenschGerman Chancellor and chairwomen of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, September 19, 2016.
German Chancellor and chairwomen of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel addresses a news conference in Berlin, Germany, September 19, 2016. - Sputnik International
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she was skeptical about the creation of a no-fly zone in Syria, adding that only negotiations could ensure progress in the conflict’s settlement.

BERLIN (Sputnik) – Syria has been mired in civil war since 2011, with government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad fighting a number of opposition factions and extremist groups.

"Personally I am skeptical about the immediate creation of a no-fly zone [in Syria]. Obviously, Syrian authorities and Russia must take a step toward strengthening, renewing the ceasefire and humanitarian support. But what we are witnessing is really very brutal and targeting the civil population. Now only negotiations may help in moving forward. But in recent days we are witnessing a very deep regress," Merkel said.

Turkish army tanks make their way towards the Syrian border town of Jarablus, Syria August 24, 2016. Picture taken August 24, 2016. - Sputnik International
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On September 22, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that Russia was categorically against implementing a no-fly zone in Syria. He called for a solution that would be beneficial for all parties to the conflict excluding terrorist organizations.

On September 9, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry presented a new plan to settle the conflict, which included a new ceasefire that came into force on September 12. On September 19, the Syrian army declared the end of the ceasefire regime, blaming militants for numerous violations that made the cessation of hostilities unreasonable.

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