Turkish PM says cannot say whether Turkish jet shot down

ANKARA Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:20pm EDT

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he could not say whether a Turkish warplane which went missing off the southeastern coast was shot down or crashed.

He also said he had no word of any apology from Syria.

"The Chief of General Staff has made the necessary statement about the missing plane. I cannot say it was brought down at the point it fell. It is not possible to say this without knowing the exact facts," Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara.

Erdogan said Turkish ships and helicopters were searching for the missing pilots together with Syrian ships, adding that he had no news on their whereabouts or condition.

He said he had no information on claims Syrian authorities had captured the missing pilots.

(Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz, writing by Jonathon Burch, editing by Diana Abdallah)

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Comments (14)
musti44 wrote:
Hope this is not a casus belli!

Jun 22, 2012 10:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
I really dont think Syria would shoot down a turkish fighter

Jun 22, 2012 10:14am EDT  --  Report as abuse
TruthMonitor wrote:
The Turks could very well have downed one of their own as an excuse to launch an assault on Syria.

Jun 22, 2012 11:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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