Turkish authorities asked an Armenian plane heading to the Syrian city of Aleppo to land in the Turkish city of Erzurum on Monday, Reuters reported.
The jet was carrying humanitarian aid from Armenia to Aleppo for Syrians as well as five Armenian foreign ministry officials, NTV channel reports.
AFP quoted sources in the Turkish Foreign Ministry as saying that the flight has been authorized on condition that all Syria-bound planes will be searched. They added that it would be allowed to continue its journey if nothing else was found on board. Armenia has accepted the pre-condition.
After security inspection, Turkey’s Hurriyet newspaper reported that Turkish authorities allowed the plane to continue its journey to Syria.
It is worth mentioning that there are no diplomatic ties between Turkey and Armenia due to the non-recognition of Armenia by Ankara, which split from the Soviet Union in 1990, besides the Armenians accusing Turkey of their responsibility for the killing of thousands of them during the First World War.
However, Turkey had banned Syrian civilian aircraft from its airspace, mirroring a similar move by Damascus, as tensions between the neighbors soared over Ankara's confiscation of a cargo of radar equipment from a civilian flight from Moscow last week.
Meanwhile, the international envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, has appealed for Iranian help to implement a cease-fire in Syria during the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
"Brahimi has appealed to the Iranian authorities to assist in achieving a ceasefire in Syria during the forthcoming Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest holidays celebrated by the Muslims around the world," a statement from the envoy said.
According to a statement released Monday by Brahimi's spokesman, Brahimi met top Iranian officials in Tehran during a regional tour as he presses for a solution to the conflict in Syria.
Furthermore, the safety plan proposed by Brahimi includes a cease-fire in Syria, which will be maintained by an international force of 3,000 UN peacekeepers in addition to units from EU countries.
Syrian state television reported that Syria demanded to know the nationalities of the United Nations force, and put a condition that any country involved in sanctions against the Syrian regime should not be included in the international force for peace.
On the ground, the bloody conflict in Syria entered its 20th month on Monday, with heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and Assad regime forces, backed with Shabiha gangs throughout the country, with no end in sight.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, on Sunday at least 150 people, mostly civilians, were killed as Free Syrian fighters and regime forces continue to fight on three main fronts: the province of Damascus, Aleppo and Idleb.
In Damascus province, the regime forces on Monday shelled Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp. According to the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, eight Palestinian refugees have been killed; victims were buried in Yarmouk cemetery.
I hope that all planes which come to Syria through Turkish airspace will be inspected. I mean that the inspection of the Armenian plane may be due to the Turkish-Armenian conflicts of several decades ago and because Turkey is keen not to deliver any weapons to the Syrian regime.
If the Turkish authorities inspect Chinese or Russian planes, then we are going to believe the Turkish government's seriousness in its stated goal. We will even present our sincere appreciation for its help to avoid the entry of more weapons to the bloody regime in Damascus.
It seems that Brahimi is repeating Kofi Annan's plan but extensively. Today he asked 3,000 members of the international forces to execute his plan for peacekeeping, seeking a cease-fire. Unfortunately his plan is unsuccessful and was born dead.
How sad it is that we do not see a serious and firm international attitude towards the massacres of the Syrian regime. I strongly hoped that Brahimi would stay away from this arduous task, but unfortunately I no longer understand why the international community is worried about the regime of Assad that much. What is happening behind the scenes between world leaders?
One of my friends in Syria said the Syrians are following the US elections more than the American people. The regime hopes that President Obama wins the election, while the opposition hopes that wins. Of course, the reason is the opposition is waiting for Romney to fulfill his promise, which is to topple the Assad regime besides providing military support to the opposition.
After all, until we know who will win the election, apparently a lot of graves will be dug to bury the victims of Assad's criminal regime.