UN calls for coordination on Syria airspace

Spokesman says parties should 'do whatever they can to coordinate and avoid any unfortunate incidents'

UN calls for coordination on Syria airspace

World Bulletin / News Desk

Countries carrying out airstrikes in Syria should coordinate with each other to de-conflict Syrian airspace, a UN spokesman said Wednesday.

Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that UN chief Ban Ki-moon "would call on all the parties and all the countries operating militarily in the area to do whatever they can to coordinate and avoid any unfortunate incidents".

His comment came in response to a question on Russian violations against Turkish airspace in recent days.

Ankara said it intercepted a Russian jet that violated its airspace last weekend. Moscow said the incident was caused by a mistake and that it clarified the matter with Turkish authorities.

The incident drew worldwide criticism, with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg calling it a violation that "does not look like an accident".

On Monday, Dujarric said the situation over Syrian airspace was "fraught with danger and very delicate" due to the presence of multiple countries operating over Syria.

Russia began airstrikes in Syria last week to prop up the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that has left more than 250,000 people dead.

Assad's forces have been accused of killing tens of thousands of Syrians with indiscriminate attacks, including those carried out using toxic chemicals and barrel bombs. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ekim 2015, 09:13