UN's Ban Ki Moon hopes for restraint over downed Turkish jet

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon hopes the incident can be handled by both sides diplomatically Credit: REUTERS/Eric Thayer

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his hope that Turkey and Syria will exercise restraint over Syria's downing of a Turkish jet fighter over the Mediterranean.

In a statement, the secretary general's spokesman Martin Nesirky said: "The secretary-general is following the situation closely. He hopes this serious incident can be handled with restraint by both sides through diplomatic channels."

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