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Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a press conference after their meeting, in Cairo, Egypt, 17 September 2012. EPA photo

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attends a press conference after their meeting, in Cairo, Egypt, 17 September 2012. EPA photo

Ankara sent Thursday a diplomatic note to Damascus over alleged military cargo it confiscated from a Syrian plane it had intercepted the day before on suspicions of illegal materials on board, Anatolia news agency reported.
 
The note was delivered to the Syrian consulate in Istanbul, on the grounds that the Syrian airliner was carrying illegal cargo in breach of the rules of civil aviation, the agency said, citing foreign ministry sources.
 
Turkey scrambled Wednesday two F16 jets to force the Syrian A320 Airbus flying from Moscow to Damascus to land at Ankara's Esenboga Airport for security checks into its load, after receiving intelligence that the plane was carrying weapons and ammunition headed for Syria.
 
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Ankara seized "objectionable" cargo found aboard the plane, but allowed the aircraft to take off with all of its passengers, 17 of them Russian nationals, after a nine-hour delay.
 
Investigation of the confiscated cargo was ongoing, as some parts were undergoing lab research, the NTV news channel reported, citing customs ministry officials.
 
The lengthy lab process points to the possibility that the cargo may contain materials that can be used in the making of bombs, NTV added.
 
Final results were expected to be received later Thursday, according to NTV

October/11/2012

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V Tiger

10/12/2012 11:55:39 AM

How about the Turkish arms supplies that is flowing into Syria?

Blue Dotterel

10/12/2012 7:19:48 AM

Turk Uzan, and when did Syria shoot down a passenger plane? Perhaps you are confusing it with the USS Vicennes which shot down an Iranian passenger plane over the Persian Gulf in 1988 killing 290 civilians, including 38 non-Iranians. The US awarded the captain a medal for this mass murder, and never compensated the survivors of those it murdered.

Turk Uzan

10/11/2012 9:43:29 PM

@ Blue, haha you must be joking, we have the right to stop any airplane that goes in to our territory, especially if we have got intelligence on illegal cargo on board. At least we did not shoot it down like your uncle Assad did. @ John, So what are you implying? And before that NATO warned Syria (Russia) that they had plans to protect Turkey in case of a possible war. This is a new cold war, Russia doesn't want to lose it's influence and needs rogue nations to sell weapons too.

GERARD SELTZER

10/11/2012 7:31:02 PM

Thank you Turkey for exposing Russian (and Iranian) military support for the dictatorship regime in Syria.

John Travolta

10/11/2012 7:07:57 PM

Has anyone tried to connect the bringing down of the Russian plane with the postponing of the visit by the Russian President (Putin?). Why does nobody comment on this ...co-incidence?

Blue Dotterel

10/11/2012 6:54:59 PM

Turkey commits an illegal act of air piracy over some "objectionable" electronic cargo carried on a Syrian plane. Now they have to test it to see if they can make a bomb out of its electronic components. Well, its very likely that they can, if they try hard enough. This doesn't sound like a very justifiable situation; now if it were a cargo plane filled with weapons, maybe. But obviously, there isn't much, if anything "objectionable" in this but Ankara's actions.
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