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Germany: Berlin hopes Turkey's Syria truce will become 'sustainable ceasefire'

0 18.10.2019 Инфо

W/S Government press conference, Berlin
SOT, Christofer Burger, Foreign Ministry spokesperson (German): "Regarding this issue [ceasefire agreement Turkey US] I can tell you that we welcome everything that would halt the fighting, protect civilians and deescalate the situation in Northeast Syria. This includes the announcement of Turkey to halt combat operations. The fundamental position regarding the Turkish offensive remains unchanged."
M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*
C/U Journalist typing *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Christofer Burger, Foreign Ministry spokesperson (German): "We hope that the truce will lead to a sustainable ceasefire. This requires the readiness of all parties to solve disputes through diplomacy. Many questions remain unsolved at this point in time regarding the political consequences of this offensive. We are in intensive contact with our partners on the issue and will use every possible forum and opportunity for that in the next days."
C/U Cameraman *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Christofer Burger, Foreign Ministry spokesperson (German): "We follow the reports suggesting many IS members escaped with great concern and we're trying to obtain verified knowledge about this. However, I don't have any own insights about this which I could report on."
W/S Federal press conference *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Steve Alter, Interior Ministry Spokesperson (German): "Apart from the stationary German-Austrian border controls, the federal police was requested to bolster random police checks at all other borders with our neighbouring countries. What the SPIEGEL reports on - I assume that, as I haven't seen the report yet - is the implementation of the federal police. The federal police has implemented this request including strengthened random police checks at the borders."
C/U Federal press conference sign *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Steve Alter, Interior Ministry Spokesperson (German): "The German-Austrian border is still the main point of interest regarding the finding of unauthorized entries, as different migration routes that lead to Germany connect in Austria - from Italy on the one hand and the West-Balkan route on the other hand. However, there is concern to consider all other borders with the same tracing intensity and against this background the interior minister has ordered a bolstering of random border checks. "
W/S Press conference
SCRIPT
Berlin hopes that Turkey's recently announced pause in its Syria offensive will become a 'sustainable ceasefire, according to German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Christofer Burger, who spoke during a weekly government's press conference in the German capital on Friday.
Burger expressed support of any contribution to the peaceful resolution in Syria: "We welcome everything that would halt the fighting, protect civilians and deescalate the situation in Northeast Syria. This includes the announcement of Turkey to halt combat operations. "
The Interior Ministry spokesperson Steve Alter confirmed reports that German police has increased random border controls, explaining that its border with Austria is the main point of illegal entries due to its position on migration paths from both Italy and the Balkans: "The German-Austrian border is still the main point of interest regarding the finding of unauthorized entries, as different migration routes that lead to Germany connect in Austria - from Italy on the one hand and the West-Balkan route on the other hand. "