Talks with IS crucial, says German diplomat

Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger
Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Wolfgang Ischinger

BERLIN, Jan 29 (KUNA) — The opportunity for dialogue with the so-called Islamic State (IS) militant group should be allowed, suggested a German diplomat, who believes this is essential for resolving pending crises in the region.
Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, a world renowned annual conference on international security policy, told a press conference that “sometimes talking to the bad guys” is needed.
A seasoned German diplomat, Ischinger made the comment in response to a question about the currently ongoing UN-mediated talks in Geneva between both sides of the Syrian conflict, namely the government and its opposition, aimed at resolving the matter.
He attributed his view to dialogue held in the past during the Balkans conflict with the then Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, adding that he does not expect there to be an immediate transition resulting from the Geneva talks.
The Munich Security Conference is hosting 30 world leaders and 60 foreign and defence ministers.
The agenda includes several urgent global matters such as the Syrian conflict and its resulting refugee problem, the Ukrainian conflict and other global security matters. (end)