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    Armenia’s Access To Turkish Airspace Restricted



    Turkey has banned Armenian civilian aircraft from flying over its territory en route to Syria and Lebanon, government officials in Yerevan said on Thursday.

    They told RFE/RL that Turkish aviation authorities have cited unspecified “technical reasons” for the ban in separate letters to the Armenian government’s Civil Aviation Department and the Armavia national airline, which carries out regular flights from Yerevan to Beirut and Aleppo. The letters were sent after an Armavia plane bound for the Lebanese capital was denied access to Turkish airspace and had return to Yerevan Tuesday.

    “Turkish aviation authorities have officially notified us that there are problems relating to the Yerevan-Aleppo and Yerevan-Beirut flights and that those flights will not be serviced by them temporarily and will have to rerouted,” said Gayane Davtian, a spokeswoman for the department.

    Both Davtian and Armavia officials said the Turkish side did not elaborate on reasons for the restriction that does not seem to apply to the Syrian airline Astrom that operates weekly flights services from Aleppo and Damascus to the Armenian capital. An Astrom representative in Yerevan said its next flight scheduled for Saturday will go ahead as planned.

    “Through diplomatic channels we yesterday asked the Turkish authorities to clarify the situation,” Vladimir Karapetian, a spokesman for the Armenian Foreign Ministry, told RFE/RL. “We have not yet received a reply.”

    Turkey has kept its airspace open to passenger jets flying to and from Armenia for the past several years while refusing to reopen the Turkish-Armenian land border and establish diplomatic relations with Yerevan. Some Turkish officials and politicians warned recently that Ankara could scrap the over-flying rights if the U.S. Congress passes a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.

    Davtian said Turkey has so far placed on restrictions on weekly flights Yerevan and Istanbul as well as Armenian and other aircraft flying to and from Europe via Turkish territory. She also said that Turkish planes continue to use Armenia’s airspace for carrying out flights to third countries. “Armenia’s airspace remains open to all countries,” added the official.

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    [COLOR="Lime"][CENTER][B]GIVE US A REASON TO FORGIVE, RECOGNIZE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE[/B][/CENTER][/COLOR]

    [CENTER][I][COLOR="Red"][B]"We must remind the Turkish Government that when they had Sultan Abdul Hamid, we had Andranik Pasha, Serob Aghbyur, and Gevorg Chaush. When they had Taleat pasha, we had Soghomon Tehleryan. New Hrants will be born, and our struggle will go on.” [/B][/COLOR][/I][/CENTER]

    [COLOR="Black"][CENTER][B]"Hrant Dink's murder is tragic proof that the Turkish government - through its campaign of denial, threats and intimidation against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide - continues to fuel the same hatred and intolerance that initially led to this crime against humanity more than 90 years ago."[/B][/CENTER][/COLOR]

  • #2
    Good to hear cause I do not see why we should allow a country that does not respect or recognize our borders to use our airspace. You would think Armenians would refuse to use airspace they do not recognize to begin with.
    [I]Peace at home, peace in the world.[/I]

    [B]Mustafa Kemal Atatürk[/B]

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    • #3
      Originally posted by aTilla View Post
      Good to hear cause I do not see why we should allow a country that does not respect or recognize our borders to use our airspace. You would think Armenians would refuse to use airspace they do not recognize to begin with.
      Armenian flights will probably start bypassing Turkey more and more and fly over Kurdistan (what is currently known as Northern Iraq...for the time being) instead of Turkey en route to Europe and other western destinations. The Turks were able to use the open airspace as an excuse/propaganda tool for years as if to tell the world "look at how nice Turkey is, to actually let Armenia fly their civilian flights over Turkey. See how humane we are?"

      If Turkey finally inhibits Armenian flights, Armenians will simply fly over Northern Iran, Kurdistan and/ or Georgia, depending on the destination...and the Turks can continue being the the fantastic people they truly are.
      General Antranik (1865-1927): “I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.”

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      • #4
        Originally posted by aTilla View Post
        Good to hear cause I do not see why we should allow a country that does not respect or recognize our borders to use our airspace. You would think Armenians would refuse to use airspace they do not recognize to begin with.
        What the heck is this "unrecognised airspace"... a vacuum?
        Surely Armenian aircraft can fly through Armenian airspace.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by steph View Post
          What the heck is this "unrecognised airspace"... a vacuum?
          Surely Armenian aircraft can fly through Armenian airspace.

          Sure you can fly through Armenian airspace. Just don't complain about not being able to fly through the airspace of a country which you do not recognize.
          [I]Peace at home, peace in the world.[/I]

          [B]Mustafa Kemal Atatürk[/B]

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          • #6
            Originally posted by aTilla View Post
            Sure you can fly through Armenian airspace. Just don't complain about not being able to fly through the airspace of a country which you do not recognize.
            I suppose Neil Armstrong had a turkish visa when he landed on the moon:

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