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Der Spiegel: the delegation of the «Alternative for Germany» rides on Syria

Seven deputies from the party «Alternative for Germany» (ADH) went to Syria they want to create a personal view of the situation in the country – information provided by the media, is not enough for them, writes the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

«The trip began on Monday a small delegation of deputies from ADG (representatives of the Bundestag and the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia) arrived in Damascus,» reports the author of the publication Severin Weiland.

As stated in conversation with the press Secretary to the ADG Christian Savage, «they want to make their own picture of what is happening». He also confirmed that the trip was agreed with the leadership of the faction in the Bundestag, and co-chairs Alexander Gulandom and jörg Meitenem.

«The coverage of what is happening in Syria, German media is not credible and does not allow to assess the real situation – in this context, the purpose of the visit is to assess the humanitarian situation and the progress of reconstruction work in the areas liberated from terrorists,» – said in a press release. As representatives of the delegation, the trip will allow you to rationally assess the fact whether Syria a «safe country from which migrants», and may affect the discussion associated with the deportation of those who were denied refugee status, the article says.

As the author points out, «one of the first initiatives of ADG after the election to the Bundestag was the proposal for the adoption of the «Agreement on the promotion of the return of Syrian refugees». It provides the requirement to the Federal government on the signing of an agreement with Syrian President Assad, according to which it would be possible to return the Syrians to their homeland. The proposal was rejected by the Bundestag.»

One of the members of the delegation, a member of the ADG in the Landtag North Rhine-Westphalia Christian BLECH, was one of those who are a part of another delegation from the party visited in February of this year, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula. «Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany, criticized the trip 9 deputies from ADH, calling it not only a failed provocation, but also a serious infringement, which can entail legal consequences», – the banks of the Mississippi. According to him, the delegation could face up to 8 years of imprisonment in Ukraine.

Der Spiegel: the delegation of the «Alternative for Germany» rides on Syria 06.03.2018

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