Absolut accidentally, just the evening of the first TV confrontation between Obama and Romney (held by University from Denver), the spirits took fire between Turkey and Syria … It was requested an emergency meeting of NATO. I look forward to NATO firmly condemn Syria actions… 😀
Accordind WSJ, Turkish forces shelled targets inside Syria on Wednesday afternoon after Syrian government mortar rounds hit a Turkish border town, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said in a statement later in the day. Turkey threatened to strike more targets inside Syria if attacks from the country are repeated, the Prime Minister’s office said, pulling a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization into an armed exchange with a neighbor.
As a NATO member, Turkey is party to the founding treaty that calls, among other things, for consultations and the possibility of collective self-defense in the event of an armed attack on a NATO member. After the meeting of NATO Council, the military alliance issued a statement saying it “continues to stand by (Nato member) Turkey and demands the immediate cessation of such aggressive acts against an ally, and urges the Syrian regime to put an end to flagrant violations of international law”.
U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters that Ban spoke with Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and “encouraged the minister to keep open all channels of communications with the Syrian authorities with a view to lessening any tension that could build up as a result of the incident.” That statement was issued before Turkey’s announcement that it had struck targets inside Syria. In a second statement issued shortly after Turkey’s announcement, Ban urged the Syrian government to respect the territorial integrity of its neighbors and warned that the 18-month-long conflict in Syria was increasingly harming other countries in the region, reported Reuters.
Turkey’s territory has been hit by fire from Syria on several occasions since the uprising against President Assad began, but Wednesday’s incident was the most serious.