6/27/2012 - Turkey Invokes Collective Defense for Nato Meeting on SyriaTurkey has invoked articles four and five of the NATO treaty in calling for a meeting tomorrow of the defensive alliance after Syria shot down one of its jets, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said.
Syria shot down a Turkish jet on June 22 using a missile, not an anti-aircraft gun as Syrian officials claim, Arinc said today at a press conference following a meeting of Turkish ministers in Ankara. The act was “hostile” and the international community is on Turkey’s side, he said.
Article four of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization charter calls for members to consult one another when the security of a member is threatened. Article five calls on members to recognize an attack on one as an attack on all and to assist the violated member in any action it deems necessary, including the use of armed force.
The Turkish jet mistakenly entered Syrian airspace for five minutes and was shot down in international airspace“intentionally” and in “cold blood” with no warning, Arinc said.
Search operations to find the missing Turkish pilots are continuing, he said. Syrian forces also fired upon a Turkish plane joining initial rescue operations after the plane went down, Arinc said. The firing stopped after official warnings to the Syrian government, he said.
Syrian jets routinely violate Turkish airspace and aren’t fired upon, Arinc said.
Turkey is not on the side of “warmongers” and will seek to resolve the issue using its legal rights under international law, he said.