Update # 2- UN Action
I will keep updating this post as time permits- For background info check the post from yesterday when this incident began Turkey strikes Syria in "retaliation". Or as distraction? NATO meets
Turkey just keeps killing Syrian civilians via shells or proxies.
Turkey is demanding action at the UN -Turkey seeks Security Council action after Syria attack
Turkey demanded that the UN Security Council take action against Damascus on Wednesday
Turkey has never been shy about mounting cross-border incursions and shelling of its own when pursuing rebels in neighboring Iraq, and has angered Syria by hosting rebels opposed to Assad’s regime.
Of course France is right in the thick of it- France wants quick UN condemnation of Syria attack on Turkey
"I want and hope that the entire international community, in particular through the Security Council, passes a clear and swift message that condemns the Syrian authorities strongly," French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement.With Monsieur Fabius going so far as to spout this bullshit
What threatens global security is NATO world army nations support for mercs and covert ops destabilizing and destroying nations such as Syria and Libya, to name just two.
Statement from NATO
In a statement released following an extraordinary meeting of the NATO Council at the level of ambassadors, NATO said that "as stated on 26 June 20l2, the Alliance continues to closely follow the situation in Syria. In view of the Syrian regime-s recent aggressive acts at NATO-s southeastern border, which are a flagrant breach of international law and a clear and present danger to the security of one of its Allies, the North Atlantic Council met today, within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty, and discussed the continuous shelling of locations in Turkey adjacent to the Turkish-Syrian border by the Syrian regime forces."
"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," the NATO statement said.
"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," the NATO statement also said.
Russia warns NATO to stay away from Syria
Russia told NATO and world powers on Tuesday they should not seek ways to intervene in Syria’s civil war or set up buffer zones between rebels and government forces.
Moscow further called for restraint between NATO-member Turkey and Syria, where violence along their shared border has strained relations between the former allies.
Tensions have flared since a mortar round fired from inside Syria struck the territory of Turkey. Ankara has threatened to respond if the strike were repeated.
When asked by Interfax if Moscow worried whether the tense border situation could prompt NATO to intervene to defend Turkey, its easternmost member, Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov warned against any such step.
“In our contacts with partners in NATO and in the region, we are calling on them not to seek pretexts for carrying out a military scenario or to introduce initiatives such as humanitarian corridors or buffer zones.”
UPDATE # 1-
Turkey renews strikes on Syria and gains Parliamentary approval for strike expansion
Turkey’s parliament gave authorisation on Thursday for military operations outside Turkish borders if the government deemed them necessary.
The government had sought parliamentary approval to send soldiers to foreign countries in a memorandum which said that “aggressive action” by Syria’s armed forces against Turkish territory posed a serious threat to national security.
TRT television reported that a military battalion based on the border town of Akcakale resumed striking Syrian targets across from the frontier overnight and that shelling continued Thursday morning.
Turkey hits Syria with South Korean Howitzer-for the weapons buffs
Turkish (L) and Syrian Independence flags are seen between the border gates Akcakale of Turkey and Tel Abyad of Syria October 4/2012
Turkey allows the flag of their terrorist groups FSA to fly at the border gates??!!How very inflammatory of Turkey. Bad neighbours.
Turkey hit Syrian targets on Wednesday using the South Korean-designed T-155 Firtina howitzers, in retaliatory shelling of its southern neighbor.
Russia blocks UN draft condemning Syrian Turkey strike- Focus Information Agency-
United Nations. Russian objections to a draft UN statement condemning Syria's deadly shelling of Turkey sent the Security Council back into consultations, diplomats said Thursday, cited by AFP.
The draft had been expected to be approved by a "silence procedure" -- the text is considered adopted if no country objects -- but "the Russians broke the silence," Britain ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters.
He did not give details on the Russian objections.
Russia on Thursday blocked the adoption of a draft statement condemning a deadly Syrian mortar attack on a Turkish town and proposed a weaker text that would call for "restraint" on the border without referring to breaches of international law.
Interesting..... "If adopted, the non-binding statement would also call on the two neighbors to "reduce tensions and forge a path toward a peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis."The non-binding statement could then be applied to Turkey also?
The Russian drafts keeps some of the language in the original text proposed by Azerbaijan, and urges the Syrian government to investigate the attack.Since we don't really know from whom the mortar originated? NATO mercs or Syrian Army?
Turkey claims Syria has apologized for the incident-
Did Syria? Or is Turkey making this claim to save face?
Syria has apologized through the United Nations for the mortar strike which killed five civilians in southeast Turkey on Wednesday and said such an incident would not be repeated, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said on Thursday.
A statement from Syria was included in yesterday's post linked immediately below the video at the top of this post.