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Iraq appeals to UN Safety Council to push for Turkish troop withdrawal

Posted December 12, 2015 17:09:52

Iraq has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to demand an instant and unconditional withdrawal of all Turkish troops from its north, calling the military incursion a “flagrant violation” of international law.

“We contact on the Security Council to demand that Turkey withdraw its forces quickly … and not to violate Iraqi sovereignty once more,” Iraqi ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim stated in a letter to US ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Energy, president of the Security Council this month.

“This is regarded as a flagrant violation of the principles of the UN Charter, and a violation of Iraqi territorial integrity and sovereignty of the state of Iraq,” the letter mentioned, according to an unofficial translation of the Arabic original.

The letter was sent after Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi instructed his foreign ministry to lodge a formal complaint at the United Nations.

One diplomat on the 15-nation Safety Council stated on situation of anonymity that there had been no instant plans to convene a particular meeting over the weekend in response to the Iraqi letter.

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan mentioned on Friday that he would not bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw Turkish troops from a camp close to the Islamic State militants-held city of Mosul.

Mr Alhakim created clear that bilateral diplomacy had failed so far to finish the dispute in between the two neighbours.

“Iraq worked on containment of this situation by diplomatic signifies and bilateral talks, but these efforts did not succeed in convincing Turkey to withdraw its occupying forces from Iraqi territory,” Mr Alhakim wrote in the letter to Ms Power, noting that the Turkish incursion was an “aggressive act”.

“Help with military training and sophisticated technologies and weapons to fight the Islamic State (IS) terrorist entity should be primarily based upon bilateral and multilateral agreements and in full respect of the national sovereignty and Iraqi constitution, and in coordination with the Iraqi armed forces.”

The dispute more than the deployment has soured relations amongst Ankara and Baghdad, which denies getting agreed to it.

Ankara has said the troops were sent as component of an international mission to train and equip Iraqi forces to fight IS, which has seized massive components of Syria and Iraq.

The Turkish military is helping to train neighborhood Iraqi volunteers and Kurdish Peshmerga who are preparing for a lengthy-anticipated offensive to retake Mosul, a major northern city seized by IS far more than a year ago.

Turkish tank on Syrian border Photo: Turkey has deployed hundreds of soldiers and a quantity of tanks to northern Iraq without having Baghdad’s permission. (Reuters, file photo)

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Physique of Russian pilot killed in Syria to be returned: Turkish PM

Updated November 29, 2015 23:12:49

The body of a Russian pilot killed when his plane was shot down by Turkey last week will be handed over to a Russian representative soon after becoming retrieved from Syria, Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu says.

“The pilot who lost his life for the duration of the air violation was received by us on the [Syrian] border last evening,” Mr Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul, prior to leaving for a meeting with EU leaders in Brussels.

Mr Davutoglu added a Russian official would travel to the southern Hatay area with a Turkish military official soon to claim the body.

The Russian embassy in Turkey told the Russian RIA Novosti news agency that Oleg Peskov’s physique would be flown on Sunday from Hatay in the presence of Russia’s military, attached to an aerodrome in Ankara, exactly where it would be met by the ambassador.

The date and time when the physique would be returned to Russia was still to be confirmed, embassy spokesman Igor Mityakov said.

The man was shot dead in Syria soon after parachuting from the burning aircraft, whilst a second man was discovered protected.

“In accordance with their [Russian] religious tradition, funeral arrangements had been carried out by Orthodox priests in Hatay,” Mr Davutoglu mentioned.

Turkey’s military mentioned the Su-24 bomber was shot down by two of its F-16s after it violated Turkish airspace ten instances inside a five-minute period on Tuesday.

Russia, however, said no warning had been provided and that the aircraft did not violate Turkish airspace, and demanded an apology.

The incident has led to a sharp deterioration of relations, with Moscow, a main trade partner and Turkey’s largest power supplier, on Saturday announcing a package of economic sanctions against Turkey.

“Turkey’s relations with Russia is based on mutual advantage and typical interests. As a result, I urge the Russian authorities to take this into consideration and act in a cool-headed way,” Mr Davutoglu mentioned when asked about the sanctions.

Russian plane violated Israeli-controlled airspace: defence minister

A Russian warplane not too long ago entered Israeli-controlled airspace from Syria, but the intrusion was resolved without incident, Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon said on Sunday.

“There was a slight intrusion a mile [1.6 kilometres] deep by a Russian plane from Syria into our airspace, but it was quickly resolved and the Russian plane returned towards Syria,” Mr Yaalon told public radio.

Russian jet shot down by Turkey Photo: Turkey says it issued repeated warnings to a Russian jet it claimed violated its airspace. (Anadolu)

“It was apparently an error by the pilot who was flying close to the Golan.”

Israel seized most of the Golan Heights from Syria in 1967 and later annexed the territory in a move never recognised by the international community.

Mr Yaalon mentioned Israel and Russia had produced arrangements to steer clear of clashes more than Syria, with the agreement mentioned to contain a “hotline” and data sharing.

“Russian planes do not intend to attack us, which is why we need to not automatically react and shoot them down when an error happens,” he stated.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian president Vladimir Putin held talks in Moscow in September to talk about ways of avoiding accidental clashes.

Russia launched a bombing campaign in Syria on September 30 at the request of its longstanding ally Bashar al-Assad, which Moscow says is targeting Islamic State jihadists and other “terrorist” groups.

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Initial posted November 29, 2015 23:11:00

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Turkish president Erdogan warns Russia not to ‘play with fire’

Posted November 28, 2015 01:37:21

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has warned Russia not to “play with fire”, but added he did not want to harm relations with Moscow, comments that appear more likely to inflame than quell the dispute over a downed Russian bomber this week.

Relations among the former Cold War antagonists are at their worst in recent memory following Turkey shot down the jet near the Syrian border on Monday.

Russia has threatened economic retaliation against Ankara, which Mr Erdogan has dismissed as “emotional” and “unfitting”.

“We really sincerely advocate to Russia not to play with fire,” Mr Erdogan told supporters throughout a speech in Bayburt, in northeast Turkey.

“We really attach a lot of importance to our relations with Russia … we don’t want these relations to endure harm in any way.”

Mr Erdogan said he wanted to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris soon after the downing of a Russian warplane.

“I would like to meet him face to face on Monday,” Erdogan said, soon after days of tit-for-tat accusations over the incident.

Mr Putin has so far refused to get in touch with Mr Erdogan since Ankara does not want to apologise for the downing of the jet, Mr Putin’s aide Yuri Ushakov mentioned.

On Friday, Russia stated it would suspend its visa-free of charge regime for Turkish nationals from January, as a kind of retaliation.

“A choice has been made to halt the visa-free regime with Turkey,” foreign minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters after talks with Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.

“This selection will enter into force from January 1, 2016.”

Turkey response to Russian jet was in line with protocol

Mr Erdogan said Turkey downed the jet as a outcome of what he referred to as the automatic enforcement of the rules of engagement.

Russia’s reduced home speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Friday that Moscow had the correct to make a military response, calling the incident an “intentional murder of our soldiers”.

Mr Erdogan mentioned it was not the very first time Russian jets had breached Turkish air space and that he had warned Putin about “ugly incidents” right after two incursions in October.

The president also attacked Russia’s policy in Syria after it launched air strikes in September, accusing the Kremlin of backing the regime of “murderer” president Bashar al-Assad.

He claimed that the Russian air raids did not target the Islamic State group.

He said backing the regime in Damascus right after more than four years of war that has killed 250,000 individuals was like “playing with fire”.

The Turkish strongman also struck back at Russian “slander” that Turkey was acquiring oil from the Islamic State militant group.

“You should know that we are not as dishonourable as to get oil from a terrorist organisation,” he said. “Turkey is buying oil from Russia.”

Mr Erdogan labelled attempts to hyperlink his country with IS jihadists as “disrespectful” to Turkey.

Map comparing conflicting flight path of the downed Russian jet Photo: Map comparing Turkey and Russia’s conflicting flight path of the Russian aircraft that was shot down on November 24, 2015 which Turkey says violated their airspace. (Reuters: SIN07)

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