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NATO 'strongly' condemns Syrian mortar strike on Turkish territory

Last modified: 3 Oct 2012 23:36

NATO has completed an emergency of its 28 member-states at the alliances headquarters in Brussels.

A statement issued at the end of the meeting said the death of five Turkish nationals from a Syrian mortar that landed in Turkish territory is a "cause of greatest concern" for all NATO allies.

The most recent shelling on 3 October 20l2, which caused the death of five Turkish citizens and injured many, constitutes a cause of greatest concern for, and is strongly condemned by, all Allies.

In the spirit of indivisibility of security and solidarity deriving from the Washington Treaty, the Alliance continues to stand by 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.

Ankara is currently drafting a letter to the United Nations Security Counsel which will be sent off to the UNSC immediately.