NATO meets under Article 4 to discuss Turkey-Syria crisis
The North Atlantic Council (NAC), the most senior political governing body of NATO, met earlier today at Turkey's request for consultations within the framework of Article 4 of the Washington Treaty. The NAC, meeting at the level of Permanent Representatives of the 28 member states, discussed the shooting down of a Turkish aircraft by Syria on Friday last week (see NATO Watch News Brief, 25 June). It was only the second time in NATO's 63-year history that members have convened under Article 4 of its charter, after Turkey requested talks about the Iraq war in 2003. The article provides for consultations when a member state feels its territorial integrity, political independence or security is under threat.