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Germany and Turkey agree plans to halt flow of refugees from Syria

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gesture as they pose on balcony during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey February 8, 2016
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and German Chancellor Angela Merkel gesture as they pose on balcony during their meeting in Ankara, Turkey February 8, 2016

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Turkey and Germany have agreed a set of steps to halt the flow of refugees from Syria, including a joint diplomatic initiative to stop the onslaught against Aleppo.

Mr Davutoglu said during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the two countries would also carry out joint efforts for greater Nato involvement in the refugee issue.

He said they would seek the use of Nato's observation capabilities at the border with Syria and in the Aegean Sea.

Ms Merkel said she is "not just appalled but horrified" by the suffering caused by Russian bombing in Syria.

She said Turkey and Germany will push at the United Nations for everyone to keep to a UN resolution passed in December that calls on all sides to halt attacks on the civilian population.

She added: "We have been, in the past few days, not just appalled but horrified by what has been caused in the way of human suffering for tens of thousands of people by bombing - bombing primarily from the Russian side."

Mr Davutoglu said the Syrian city of Aleppo "is de facto under siege. We are on the verge of a new human tragedy".

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