Turkey closes airspace to Syrian flights

Turkey's foreign minister says the country has barred its air space to Syrian civilian flights.

Turkey closes airspace to Syrian flights

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Sunday that the country has closed its air space to Syrian civilian flights on Saturday.

Replying to a question on Syria's announcement that it closed its air space to Turkish flights, Davutoglu recalled a Syrian plane was stopped as it was carrying military cargo last week, and after that Turkish government decided Turkish planes would not use Syrian air space. "It is a decision made by Turkey," he said.

The country earlier closed its air space to Syrian military flights, and yesterday it also barred its air space to Syrian civilian flights, he said.

"The Syrian announcement has no value for us," he said.

Answering a question on a proposal by Russia on establishment of a dialogue between Turkey and Syria, Davutoglu said that they had conducted dialogue with Syria for 10 years and continued its dialogue with Syria when uprisings first started.

But Turkey could not be the friend of Syrian administration killing its own people, he said.

Davutoglu said that Assad regime must first establish dialogue and have peace with its own people.

Last week, Turkey forced a Syrian plane to land and confiscated what it said was military equipment on board. Russia said the plane was carrying spare radar parts, while Syria accused Turkey of piracy.

Syria announced Saturday that it was closing its air space to Turkish flights. But Davutoglu said Sunday: "the Syrian announcement has no value for us."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2012, 17:48
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