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Release of IS prisoners: EU Ministers criticize Trump

The claim of U.S. President Donald Trump after a redemption of prisoners, European IS fighters by their home countries entering the EU on a lack of understanding. "Not as easy as you would imagine in America, it is (...) certainly," said the German foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Monday on the sidelines of a meeting with European counterpart in Brussels. That's why you will talk with the United States.

Trump had called on European countries such as Germany, France and the UK via Twitter to more than 800 in Syria prisoner IS fighters to withdraw, and to bring them to justice. If the allies did not react, had forced the United States to put the fighter on free foot. "The legal situation is such that German citizens have the right to re-entry," said Maas. However, you have "at the Moment, with little opportunity to verify in Syria, if in fact German nationals affected".

"release in no one's interest"

this Should be the case, it was necessary to examine the extent to which the people in the fighting of the IS involved. If so, would have the consequence that a criminal case against them should be initiated.

"These people can (...) only come to Germany if it is assured that you can be immediately taken into custody," said Maas. Currently was not, however, to see how all of the guarantees could be - especially with a view on the security requirements. Also from Austria, the US President got this idea of criticism. "This announcement from Trump I don't understand," said the Austrian foreign Minister, Karin Kneissl in Brussels.

It could be in anyone's interest, fighter release, which were previously taken under great risk of the international Anti-IS Alliance, and the Kurdish fighters taken prisoner. "They have risked all head and collar, so you will of these people to get hold of," said Kneissl.

No consular assistance

The Swedish foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, said in the context that in Sweden, since 2011 anyway, the highest travel warning for Syria. "Anyone who travels nevertheless in the country, can not rely on consular assistance," said Wallström.

you should make, however, a difference between the fighters and their children. "This is the difference we are discussing." The Hungarian foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said: "I think it is currently our main task is to keep the fighters out of Europe." The West should be kept to route the Balkans "as closed as it is at all possible".

The Luxembourg foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn, warned the United States of America in front of a complete break with Europe. In a partnership there can be no "command transmitter and command receiver," said Asselborn on Monday. "Otherwise, the partnership is broken." (nlu/sda)

Created: 18.02.2019, 14:51 PM

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