26 Jun. 2012
NAC Statement on the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft by Syria
Press Release (2012) 085
Issued on 26 Jun. 2012
The North Atlantic Council has met at Turkey's request to hold consultations within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty which states that "the Parties will consult whenever, in the opinion of any of them, the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any of the Parties is threatened."
The North Atlantic Council discussed the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft by Syria. We consider this act to be unacceptable and condemn it in the strongest terms. It is another example of the Syrian authorities’ disregard for international norms, peace and security, and human life.
Our thoughts at this difficult time are with the missing Turkish aircrew, their families and their loved ones. We continue to follow the situation closely and with great concern, and will remain seized of developments on the South-Eastern border of NATO.
The security of the Alliance is indivisible. We stand together with Turkey in the spirit of strong solidarity.
Press Point by NATO Secretary General
26 Jun. 2012
Following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations, the North Atlantic Council met at Ambassadorial level on Tuesday 26th June 2012. After the meeting, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen briefly addressed the press