Turkey likely to raise jet attack at Geneva meeting on Syria

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is likely to raise the issue of the downing by Syria »»

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu is likely to raise the issue of the downing by Syria of one of Turkey's military jets in the Mediterranean Sea, during a weekend meeting of major world powers and regional countries in Geneva, according to sources close to the matter.

Turkey has already notified the UN Security Council of the incident and called for NATO talks under Article 4 of the alliance's charter. It also said any Syrian military move on the border will be considered a direct threat.

The UN-Arab League joint envoy for Syria, Kofi Annan, has invited the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- the US, Russia, China, Britain and France -- as well as Turkey, the European Union, Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar to the ministerial talks on Saturday to discuss political transition in Syria.

The meeting is expected to focus on a proposal by Annan on political transition. The proposal's content is not fully known, but Russia said it would not endorse any plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's resignation. The Syrian opposition groups, on the other hand, said they will reject Annan's plan unless it explicitly calls for Assad's departure.

Turkey has not joined the debates over how the Syrian political transition should be shaped, but Ankara has repeatedly made clear that Assad should leave because he has lost legitimacy. “Killing tens of thousands of people and staying in power. This is, above all, something the Syrian people would reject,” an official told Today's Zaman.

2012-06-28

Diplomacy