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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. AFP Photo

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. AFP Photo

Sevil Erkuş Sevil Erkuş sevil.kucukkosum@hdn.com.tr

Turkey’s military plane downed by Syria was on the agenda of a closed U.N. Security Council meeting on June 26.

In the meeting China used a very careful language and refrained from taking any sides, with its representative saying they should take both the Syrian and Turkish sides into account. Russia remained silent, while some other countries of the 15-nation council condemned the incident, the Hürriyet Daily News has learned. NATO nations condemned Syria’s move after being briefed by Turkey. The incident is also expected to be an issue at an upcoming meeting in Geneva. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, along with Turkey, Qatar, Kuwait and Iraq, will be at the meeting on June 30. Iran and Saudi Arabia were not invited to the gathering.

U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan wants to hold the meeting in a final bid to get agreement on a political transition plan for Syria.

June/29/2012

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