NATO and the Netherlands support Turkey
'NATO and the Netherlands support Turkey,' said foreign minister Uri Rosenthal, following an incident last Friday where a Turkish aircraft was shot down by Syria. 'I'm glad that NATO has met to hold consultations. We are behind Turkey. NATO strongly condemned Syria’s actions.'
Yesterday, at the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Mr Rosenthal made the case that the EU should take a similar position. The EU member states have now also condemned the action in the strongest possible terms. Shooting down an unarmed aircraft is a violation of international norms.
The Netherlands values Turkey’s stance. As Mr Rosenthal said, ‘Military intervention is not on the table. Nor was it discussed at the NATO talks.’