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President Gül (front R), US President Obama (front L), UK PM Cameron (back L) walk during NATO’s Chicago summit. AFP photo

President Gül (front R), US President Obama (front L), UK PM Cameron (back L) walk during NATO’s Chicago summit. AFP photo

NATO said yesterday it would discuss Turkey’s accusation of Syria shooting down one of its warplanes in international airspace, as international actors as well as Turkey weigh measures against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Britain, another member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, offered its support for “robust” international action. “The [al-]Assad regime should not make the mistake of believing that it can act with impunity. It will be held to account for its behavior. The U.K. stands ready to pursue robust action at the United Nations Security Council,” British Foreign Secretary William Hague said. NATO said it would meet tomorrow to discuss the issue following a request by Turkey. “Under Article 4, any ally can request consultations whenever, in the opinion of any of them, their territorial integrity, political independence or security is threatened,” a NATO spokeswoman said.

Beside NATO, EU foreign ministers will discuss the heightening crisis in Syria when the council meets in Luxembourg today. “The subject of Syria was already on the agenda for the meeting, so they’ll have a chance to talk about this before the NATO meeting on Tuesday,” Reuters quoted a Spanish government source as saying. U.N. leader Ban Ki-moon raised his “deep concern” about the impact of Syria’s shooting. Ban said he had “deep concern about the downed Turkish military jet and particularly about the potential serious implications of this incident for the region” in telephone talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said. Syria’s close ally Iran urged Turkey and Syria late June 23 to show restraint. Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said he hoped the two sides would “settle the issue peacefully to maintain regional stability.” German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he was “greatly worried” by the incident, urged a thorough investigation and welcomed Turkey’s cool-headed reaction.

June/25/2012

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US Observer

6/25/2012 4:01:01 PM

@ DaniC, you are most likely right.

Thessalonian

6/25/2012 3:52:38 PM

ilker avni wrote, "Turkey does not fear to send they troops to die,were these young brave men sent on a fools mission? could they have been used as an excuse for a turkish incursion into Syria.?" Wow! What a departure from his previous posts threatening to "swallow Syria like a kabob" and or "take Syria and Iraq using sharpened bayonettes." Which is it going to be sir? Regards

Rimon Tree

6/25/2012 3:47:48 PM

@ Ilker It's so sad, but I am have the same suspicion as you have. Let's hope for the sake of Turkey that we might err, but indeed it looks very strange to me considering all the circumstnces and all the different diverging and contradictive stories....or Turkey fell to a NATO plan or Turkey planned to get NATO trapped, both ways are crooked.

DaniC

6/25/2012 2:17:44 PM

LOL, This comic operetta is delicious. Turkish cabinet will sit a few times, then NATO delegation will come to Istanbul for discussions. Finally a decision will be agreed on: complain to the UN Security Council! The SC will convene, but no decision will be reached because Russia and China will veto. Curtains.

ilker avni

6/25/2012 6:49:18 AM

Ataturk said " I am not ordering you to attack i am ordering you to die" Turkey does not fear to send they troops to die,were these young brave men sent on a fools mission? could they have been used as an excuse for a turkish incursion into Syria.?

Murat

6/25/2012 1:14:03 AM

This is primarily between Turks and Syrians but let us not pretend that NATO did not a get a big black eye here.

US Observer

6/25/2012 12:41:15 AM

The world never learns. Timid responses and weakness only invite the bad guys to go further.
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