Nato to discuss downed Turkish jet

Ankara calls for extra-ordinary meeting under Article 4

Envoys from Nato member states will meet on Tuesday after Turkey requested consultations over the downing of its military jet by Syria, a Nato spokeswoman said on Sunday.

"Turkey has requested consultations under Article 4 of Nato's founding Washington Treaty. 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," Oana Lungescu said.

"The NAC (North Atlantic Council) will meet on Tuesday at Turkey's request. We expect Turkey to make a presentation on the recent incident."
 
 Meanwhile, in Ankara, state television said Turkey has called for an extraordinary Nato meeting over the downing of its plane by Syria in international airspace.

TRT television reported Sunday that Turkey has sought the Nato meeting for Tuesday.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told State TV that Turkey would seek the meeting 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."

Davutoglu said Sunday that the jet was downed in international airspace after it mistakenly entered Syria, but the plane was not on a spying mission.
 

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