Ankara has said shooting of Turkish shepherd by Armenian border guards is nothing but excessive use of force against an unarmed civilian, warning Yerevan of dire consequences of wrong moves that may endanger regional stability and peace Today`s Zaman reported.
Turkey strongly condemned the incident with a released statement.
Turkish Foreign Ministry called on Armenia to act with restraint to avoid another tragic incident similar to death of a shepherd, Mustafa Ulker, who crossed the Armenian border to retrieve his lost sheep and was shot dead by Armenian border guards on Thursday.
Ankara said it has launched diplomatic initiatives to investigate the incident. The body of the shepherd was brought to Turkey late on Thursday.
Turkey stated that Armenia used escessive force in the recent case and killed an unarmed civilian, ignoring the fact that such crossing does not pose any threat to national security of the country.
The incident yet again highlighted the need for commonsense in Armenian relations with its neighbors for normalization and sustainable peace in the volatile region, the statement concluded.