World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Friday Ankara had not made an official request to NATO to deploy Patriot missiles on its soil to counter a potential threat from Syria, but discussions were continuing.
"So far there has not been an official request but of course within contingency plans all risks will be considered. An official request has not been made but talks are continuing as part of contingency plans," Davutoglu told a news conference.
"When necessary, steps can be taken within the alliance solidarity for the security of a member country or NATO territory. But at this stage, there is no formal demand that we passed on but talks are underway as part of contingency planning," Davutoglu told reporters.
Davutoglu said such contingency planning had been underway for months, recalling that NATO had expressed strong solidarity with Turkey after five Turkish nationals were killed when stray Syrian artillery shells landed in Turkey's Akcakale town last month.
Responding to another question regarding intense firefight between Assad forces and rebels in Syria's Ras Al Ain town bordering Turkey's Ceylanpinar, Davutoglu said Turkish security and intelligence authorities closely monitored the situation and took necessary measures.
"We are monitoring all developments meticulously and we made necessary warning to the Syrian side when we feel the need. We hope these clashes end at once," he added.Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2012, 08:41