Turkey has told the UN that Syria's downing of one of its fighter jets poses a "serious threat to peace"
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan aheads into a cabinet meeting in Ankara on June 25, 2012, to discuss Turkey's possible steps against Syria. Turkey has told the UN Security Council that Syria's downing of one of its fighter jets poses a "serious threat to peace and security", as Damascus insisted the plane had violated its airspace. © Adem Altan - AFP
Syrian government troops carry the coffin of a comrade killed in the ongoing fighting
A Syrian Arab News Agency photo shows Syrian government troops carrying the coffin of a comrade killed in the ongoing fighting across the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 95 people including 61 civilians had died across the nation Monday, as the army pounded rebel strongholds and other towns and cities. © - AFP/SANA
The spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Jihad Makdisi
The spokesman for the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Jihad Makdisi, gives a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Damascus. Syria has continued to insist that its downing of the Turkish F-4 Phantom jet on Friday was justified. © - AFP
A wounded Syrian man is lifted off the back of a pick-up truck following shelling by Syrian government forces
A wounded Syrian man is lifted off the back of a pick-up truck following shelling by Syrian government forces on al-Qusayr, close to the restive city of Homs. The Red Cross said that booby traps and the lack of a clear agreement from troops and rebels were blocking its efforts to evacuate the sick and wounded from Homs. © Ricardo Garcia Vilanova - AFP
The North Atlantic Council met for consultations on Tuesday on a request from Turkey following the downing of one of its fighter jets by Syria, NATO diplomats said.
The meeting began shortly after 0800 GMT, gathering ambassadors of the 28-nation Atlantic alliance and was chaired by NATO secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who is due to hold a news conference at around 0930 GMT.
Turkey requested consultations under Article 4 of NATO's founding treaty, enabling any of the allies to call for talks should they consider their territorial integrity, political independence or security under threat.
It is only the second time since the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was set up in 1949 that consultations have been requested under Article 4, the last time in 2003 also being on a request from Turkey during the Iraqi war.
No decisions are expected after the talks during which Turkey will outline to allies the circumstances of the downing of its Phantom 4 fighter on Friday, a diplomatic source said.