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Angela Merkel says must ultimately aim for elections in Syria

Addressing a news conference in Istanbul where she met the leaders of Turkey, Russia and France, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her Saturday remarks: "At the end of this political process, there must be free elections to which all Syrians have access - including the diaspora."

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.

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