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Merkel says must ultimately aim for elections in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin arrive for a news conference after a Syria summit, in Istanbul, Turkey October 27, 2018. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A solution to the Syria crisis cannot simply be military and must include a political process under the auspices of the United Nations that envisages free elections as a goal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.

“At the end of this political process, there must be free elections to which all Syrians have access – including the diaspora,” Merkel told a news conference in Istanbul where she met the leaders of Turkey, Russia and France.

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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