U.N. hopes for restraint over downed Turkish jet
ANKARA (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes Turkey and Syria will exercise restraint over Syria's downing of a Turkish jet fighter over the Mediterranean, his spokesman said on Saturday.
"The secretary-general is following the situation closely. He hopes this serious incident can be handled with restraint by both sides through diplomatic channels," Ban's spokesman Martin Nesirky said in an emailed statement.
The Turkish military said it had lost contact with one of its F-4 fighter jets off the southern Turkish coast near Syria on Friday morning and Damascus later acknowledged it had shot the plane down.
Turkey has so far been measured in its response to the incident although Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's office has said Ankara will act "decisively" but only when all the details are known.
(Reporting by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Alison Williams)
- Pennsylvania newlyweds "just wanted to murder someone together:" police
- WTO overcomes last minute hitch to reach its first global trade deal
- U.S. freeze shows no sign of weekend melt after deadly storm
- Colorado baker discriminated by denying gay couple wedding cake: judge
- North Korea frees U.S. Korean War veteran after seven weeks |
Nelson Mandela: 1918 - 2013
Reuters looks at the life and times of Nelson Mandela, an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world. Video