Germany says obstacles remain for Syria after UN backs peace process

By REUTERS
December 19, 2015 15:24

 
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BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday that there were still difficulties ahead for Syria despite the United Nations Security Council having approved a resolution endorsing an international road map for a Syria peace process.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Berlin after returning from the UN meeting, Steinmeier said: "Neither of us underestimate the difficulties and obstacles that still need to be overcome in defusing the civil war in Syria."

Steinmeier did not elaborate, but obstacles to ending the nearly five-year civil war, where no side is able to secure a clear military victory, include that major powers are bitterly divided on who may represent the opposition as well as on the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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