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Sun Jun 24, 2012, 07:37 AM

Turkey calls for NATO meeting over Syria

Source: AP-Excite


ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey on Sunday called for an extraordinary meeting of NATO after one of its planes was shot down by Syria in international airspace after it had mistakenly strayed into Syrian territory.

Turkey insisted the plane was not on a spying mission, and filed an official protest note to Damascus.

State-run TRT television reported that Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had called the meeting for Tuesday over article 4 of the NATO charter concerning Friday's incident.

The article says member countries "will consult together whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened."

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Read more: http://apnews.excite.com/article/20120624/D9VJFCNO0.html

Map locates Latakia, Syria, near where a Turkish plane was shot down by Syria.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 12:48 PM

1. Article 4 makes sense; just glad it wasn't 5. (nt)

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Mon Jun 25, 2012, 10:48 AM

2. Syria warns NATO against action over Turkish plane

By Jonathon Burch and Oliver Holmes

ANKARA/BEIRUT, June 25 (Reuters) - Syria described its shooting down of a Turkish warplane as an act of self-defence and warned Turkey and its NATO allies against any retaliatory measures.

In shell-shattered districts of Homs, heart of a 16-month-old revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, rebels battled troops as aide workers tried to evacuate civlians. Turkish television reported the desertion of a Syrian general and other officers across the border.

Syria's account of Friday's shooting down, though tempered with commitment to a "neighbourly relationship", seemed likely to further anger Ankara, which has summoned a NATO meeting on Tuesday over what it calls an unprovoked attack in international air space.

"NATO is supposed to be there to strengthen countries," Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told a Damascus news conference. "If their meeting is for hostile reasons (they should know that) Syrian land and waters are sacred."


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Mon Jun 25, 2012, 07:00 PM

3. I wonder what those high brass defectors bring to the table ......besides their families and MOS ?


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