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Merkel on Russia and Syrians' Suffering

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany spoke in Turkey on Monday about Syrian refugees and the affects of bombings by outside players like Russia on peace talks.

3. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING (PLEASE NOTE SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER SHOT OF AUDIENCE LISTENING BEFORE CUTTING BACK TO MERKEL):“We are now, over the last few days, not only appalled but also shocked by the human suffering of tens of thousands of people through bombing attacks, and also bombing attacks originating from the Russian side.”//5. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING (PLEASE NOTE SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER SHOT OF AUDIENCE LISTENING):“Under such circumstances peace talks can hardly take place. That’s why this situation must be quickly stopped.”//7. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMAN CHANCELLOR, ANGELA MERKEL, SAYING (PLEASE NOTE SOUNDBITE RUNS OVER SHOT OF AUDIENCE LISTENING BEFORE CUTTING BACK TO MERKEL):“What’s of course important, not just for Turkey but for all of us, is that if we want to stop illegal immigration we obviously have to be ready to some extent to accept refugees by legal means, especially Syrian refugees. This is the so-called contingent system and our experts, together with the Dutch [European Union] presidency and representatives from the European Commission, will work very intensively over the coming days to see what something like that can look like in practical terms.”

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Merkel on Russia and Syrians' Suffering

By REUTERS February 8, 2016

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany spoke in Turkey on Monday about Syrian refugees and the affects of bombings by outside players like Russia on peace talks.

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