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China hopes Turkey, Syria handle jet incident with restraint

06-25-2012 18:26 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

BEIJING, June 25 (Xinhua) -- A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry on Monday voiced the hope that Turkey and Syria will maintain calm and exercise restraint in settling a dispute over a jet incident.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the remarks at a regular press conference when asked to comment on the incident.

A Turkish Air Force jet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea on Friday after being shot down by Syria, the Turkish premier's office said in a statement on Saturday.

Syria said the fighter jet was shot down after entering Syrian airspace, while Turkish Foreign Minister Davutoglu said Sunday that the jet was in international airspace at the time.

"China has taken note of relevant reports and is closely following the situation," said Hong.

Noting that the current situation in the region is complicated and sensitive, Hong urged parties concerned to remain calm, exercise restraint and handle the incident through diplomatic channels, so as to avoid escalating tensions.

The fighter jet, reportedly an F-4, went off the radar over the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, 13 km away from the Syrian town of Latakia.

The two pilots were reportedly in good health after being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea, according to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily News.

Editor:Zhang Jianfeng |Source: Xinhua

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