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Britain condemns Syria for shooting down of Turkish jet

24 June 2012 14:57 (Last updated 24 June 2012 14:58)
British Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs said that he condemned Syria for shooting down of a Turkish jet.

LONDON 

British Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs William Jefferson Hague said that he condemned Syria for shooting down of a Turkish jet.

"This outrageous act underlines how far beyond accepted behaviour the Syrian regime has put itself and I condemn it wholeheartedly," he said in a statement.
Hague said the "outrageous" act underlined the need for Bashar Assad's regime to go.
"I am gravely concerned by the Syrian regime's action in shooting down a Turkish military plane on June 22," Hague said.
"When I spoke to Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on June 23, he told me that the plane had been shot down without warning," he said.
Hague said, "My thoughts and sympathies are with the families and friends of the missing Turkish pilots. I have made clear to Foreign Minister Davutoglu the UK's strong support for the Turkish government at this difficult time."
Hague said Britain was ready to pursue robust action at the United Nations Security Council.
"This deplorable incident underlines the urgent need to find a solution to the current crisis in Syria in order to bring an end to the violence and to achieve a genuine political transition. We support the Joint UN and Arab League Special Envoy's continuing efforts on this," he added.

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