POLITICS > Turkey lets Armenian plane continue journey to Syria: Deputy PM


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Turkey has given the all clear for an Armenian plane to continue on its journey to the Syrian city of Aleppo after ordering it to land in eastern Turkey so its cargo of humanitarian aid could be searched, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arinç said.
Armenian authorities agreed to the grounding of an Aleppo-bound plane in the eastern province of Erzurum as part of a previous agreement between Turkey and Armenia regarding flights to Syria, according to officials, daily Hürriyet has reported.
Armenia notified Turkish authorities of their willingness to send humanitarian aid to Syria before agreeing to Turkey's terms that called for a routine security check for every plane bound to Syria, officials said.
The plane, which was forced to land earlier this morning, will be permitted to depart as soon as the checks are completed.  

Armenian Foreign Ministry spokesman Tigran Balayan reacted to the grounding as well, saying "nothing extraordinary" was taking place at the airport.

"The stopover in Turkey of Armenian plane carrying humanitarian aid to Syria was planned. Nothing extraordinary," Balayan tweeted following the incident.

The plane is carrying humanitarian aid, including food and clothes, sent from Armenia to the Syrian Armenians for a charity campaign, a source familiar with the situation said. 

Director of Air Armenia Arsen Avetisyan told News.am that  Turkish authorities, with the help of the Turkish media, tried to "make a show out of it" despite the previous agreement. 

"The [Armenian] plane was carrying 14 tones food," AKP Vice Chairman Ömer Çelik wrote on his Twitter account. "Our request for grounding  was an international standart for unscheduled cargo planes."


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john albay

10/16/2012 8:13:52 AM

well done Turkish airforce we can not be to careful with the evil syrians and armanians. Just like lenin said trusting is good but control is better!!

Jobs jon

10/15/2012 11:28:33 PM

@ Rimon Tree, let us not compare Turkey and Israel because 1. Turkey is not a created country, 2. Turkey was not invented by UN, 3. Turkey is not an occupying force, 4. Turkey does not kill people to steal their house, their properties and their land, 5. and for all these reasons Turkey do not have to fight for survival because it is not doing anything illegal

Halit Nofal

10/15/2012 9:18:19 PM

@Rimon , the short answer : Israel stopped the ships in international water not i Israeli water or space. The long answer : Turkey is a part of the NATO and the western block in political and military terms and been a friend and allay to Israel. Israel should know better that Turkey won't allow weapons on it's ships to Gaza. also as the news clear there was an AGREEMENT so no harm done @Nikos : wise enemy is better than a foolish friends ...


10/15/2012 8:53:51 PM

Rimon Tree, most legal experts, UN Human Rights Council and International Red Cross say blockade is illegal because you can't collectively punish an entire population. Only Israel call IHH Turkey (not IHH Germany) terrorists. People on MM were part of an intl. flotilla. They weren't armed & they weren't going to Israel. IDF unnecessarily killed 9, many with multiple bullets when lying wounded on the deck, humiliated rest of the Turks and beat some up, even after they were taken to Israel.

V Tiger

10/15/2012 7:51:15 PM

Desperate measures for a very desperate government which has been left half naked by its allies.What's next?

Brit in Turkey

10/15/2012 7:14:13 PM

Rimon Tree. Perhaps if Turkey had killed a few of the passengers then it would have been all right? So that would make killing a few Turks on board the Mavi Marmara also OK in your eyes. When will you admit that your inexperienced and ill-controlled troops used disproportionate force. Oh, I forgot one of the soldiers got hurt. To you the killing of seven people is then justified.


10/15/2012 6:49:09 PM

If the plane did try to slip through Turkish airspace it would have been forced down, one way or another. Just like Israel would have the right to do if ITS airspace or borders were violated. They politely asked permission and were politely accomodated. No one was murdered, wounded, taken prisoner, robbed and tortured as Israelis did to unarmed activists.

Tekion Particle

10/15/2012 6:20:34 PM

@ Rimon Tree, please, when you talk about getting the facts right you should practice what you preach. The Turkish ship was in the international waters when boarded by Israeli bandits (for the lack of a better word - the other would have been terrorists).They have no jurisdiction or authority in the international waters, period. It is a state sponsered piracy/Terrorism. They should have waited until the ship entered the territorial waters. The 2 situations could not have been more different.

Rimon Tree

10/15/2012 5:55:16 PM

@ And Hakan what would you have done if then plane would NOT have complied? Please try to get a bit more unbiased!

Rimon Tree

10/15/2012 5:53:42 PM

@ hakan Hey! I can see that you either don't know the facts ore choose to ignore them. The israelis did NOT "systematically kill" the onboards, who were IHH terrorists (having been sent from your esteemed PM) and have been attacking and hurting the soldiers with dangerous weapons, as could be seen on the footage, who came on board after the ship would not listen to turn away from the LEGAL blockade. So stop claiming false eveidence!
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