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Merkel Hopes for Syria Solution Despite Risk of US Strike

Sept. 6, 2013
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Obama

A possible US military strike against Syria does not diminish the need for a political solution to the conflict, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday.

Merkel told reporters at the end of the G20 summit in St Petersburg that all participants had supported a political solution, while disagreement was focused on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government.

"All agree that a Geneva II would be helpful - even Turkey," Merkel said, referring to a peace conference in Geneva originally planned by the United States and Russia.

Merkel added that the International Criminal Court in The Hague should probe the alleged Syrian chemical weapons attack, "to let (Syrian President Bashar) al-Assad know that he committed a crime."

Source: Copyright Deutsche Presse-Agentur ??? Engl 2013

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