Civil war: Angela Merkel at the four summit on the Syria war

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A prominently sported four summit in Istanbul advises on Saturday about the future of the civil war country Syria. In the city on the Bosporus, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan, the French head of state, Emmanuel Macron, the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel meet. UN mediator Staffan de Mistura is to report the four politicians on the current Situation in Syria.

The four countries want to speak specifically about the situation in Idlib in Northwest Syria. The city is still held by the rebels. Russia as an ally of the Syrian government and Turkey as supporters of the rebels have established a demilitarized buffer zone. You want to prevent an Offensive by the government.

On the summit, it is also about the stalled political process. All previous peace talks under the auspices of the UN have failed. Also last January, passed a constitutional Committee with representatives of the government and the Opposition have not yet been formed.

This constitutional Committee, according to the outgoing UN special envoy de Mistura is a serious challenge. The Diplomat said the UN security Council in a session after the end of his Syria trip. De Mistura is currently trying to lead the founding of the Committee in the way, before he gives at the end of November his office.

The 71-Year-old had announced before a week and a half, surprisingly, his Post for personal reasons. More than four years he had tried, unsuccessfully, to resolve the bloody conflict through negotiations.

The Committee should include representatives of the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, the Opposition, as well as neutral groups. The Syrian government had referred to the Constitution on Wednesday, but as a sovereign matter and explains the issues to be decided by the Syrians alone and without foreign interference.

The chief negotiator of the main Syrian opposition Alliance, believes in peace in Syria only after a withdrawal of Assad. “It is impossible that a man who has destroyed Syria and for the death of many Syrians is responsible, remains,” said Nasr al-Hariri on Friday in Moscow. In the opinion of Hariri, the Syrian government is an obstacle to the formation of the constitutional Commission.

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