Italy condemns 'unacceptable' downing of Turkish jet

June 24, 2012 17:29


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ROME - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi condemned Syria's shooting down of a Turkish jet as "unacceptable" on Sunday and said Italy would take an active part in NATO consultations due to take place at Turkey's request on Tuesday.

Turkey said earlier Syria shot down the aircraft in international waters on Friday without warning and declared it would formally consult with NATO allies to discuss a response to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

"This is a further extremely serious and unacceptable action by the Assad regime," said Terzi.

The Turkish plane was shot down during an "inoffensive flight" over the Mediterranean, Terzi said.

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