Daily Israel Report

Turkey Complains to UN Over Downed Jet

Turkey sends letter to UN Security Council and to Secretary General, complains about Syria downing its jet in international airspace.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/26/2012, 6:44 AM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Reuters

Turkey filed a complaint with the UN against Syria on Monday after Syria downed a Turkish jet in international airspace, state-run TRT television reported.

Turkey said the jet was shot down Friday without warning and without provocation.

According to the TRT report, the Turkish ambassador to the UN sent a letter to the UN Security Council and to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, asking them to refer the matter to the UN floor.

The letter contains harsh statements in condemnation of the downing by the Syrian administration of an unarmed reconnaissance plane in international waters, and notes that the incident is a flagrant violation of international law.

Turkish diplomats said that it is not possible to have the Security Council take a decision at this stage, TRT noted.

On Monday, Ankara announced that Syria has attempted to shoot down a second Turkish aircraft searching for missing pilots.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told a news conference that the Turkish plane, which was searching for the jet that was shot down last week, was not damaged in the incident.

Turkey has called on NATO to convene a meeting in the wake of Syria downing its jet. Ankara has asked for the meeting on Tuesday based on Article 4 of the NATO charter.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters Sunday that Turkey's jet was downed after having accidentally entered Syria. Davutoglu vigorously denied the downed jet was on a reconnaissance mission.