Turkey: Do not violate airspace again

Turkey asked the United States formally on Tuesday to avoid another violation of its airspace.

Turkey: Do not violate airspace again
Turkey asked the United States formally on Tuesday to avoid another violation of its airspace.

Last week, two U.S. F-16 warplanes briefly infringed Turkish airspace near the Iraqi border. U.S. diplomats say the incident was an "accident." Turkish media say it was intended to send a message to Ankara not to send its troops into northern Iraq.

"After we received detailed technical information from the General Staff on the incident, the necessary diplomatic initiative was made today in the presence of (a representative of) the U.S. embassy," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

A Turkish Foreign Ministry official told Reuters: "In the note given (to the embassy representative) it was requested that this kind of incident not be repeated."

Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said on Friday there were no preparations in parliament to give approval to send troops into Iraq. In its statement on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said it was working closely with the General Staff on the issue.
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