US State Secretary Clinton: Turkey considers invoking article 4 of NATO treaty.

By bne IntelliNews April 20, 2012
Turkey is considering formally invoking article 4 of NATO treaty, which triggers consultations in NATO whenever the territorial integrity, political independence, or security of any of the parties is threatened, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said following the ad hoc ministerial meeting in Paris yesterday (Apr 19). Turkey already has discussed with NATO during the ministerial meeting over the last two days the burden of Syrian refugees on Turkey, Clinton added. After Syrian forces fired across the border at a refugee camp in the Turkish side, Erdogan said that NATO was responsible for securing Turkeys borders according to Article 5 of NATO treaty. Article 5 says that an armed attack against a member country shall be considered an attack against all members. On a related note, Erdogan travelled to Qatar yesterday (Apr 19). The PM is expected to discuss Syria-related issues with Qatari officials. Last week, Erdogan was in Saudi Arabia for talks on Syria. Saudi Arabia and Qatar have called for arming the Syrian rebels against the Damascus regime.

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