Downing of Turkish aircraft by Syria
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Bob Carr yesterday said Australia had joined with representatives of the United States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and European Governments in condemning the downing of a Turkish aircraft by the Syrian military on June 22.
Senator Carr said Syria’s actions were further evidence that the Assad regime had lost all credibility, both domestically and internationally.
“I support the strong statements by US, British and NATO representatives that the world has witnessed another example of Assad regime’s disregard for international norms, for peace and security, and for human life.
“Our thoughts are also very much with the families of the two missing Turkish pilots.
“Turkey’s restraint in responding to this unacceptable provocation has been admirable.
“Australia stands by Turkey at this difficult time.”