#AceBreakingNews says a plane with a #Geneva2 peace…

#AceBreakingNews says a plane with a #Geneva2 peace talks delegation on-board has been reportedly prevented from refuelling as it landed in Athens, according to Syrian state TV.

The plane en route to Switzerland was permitted to pass through the relevant airspace and had to land at Athens’ airport for refuelling, Reuters reported.

Despite having proper clearances, the plane was still refused a refuel and the delay, so far, is three hours, according to SANA.

However, the “the issue has been settled,” Greek foreign ministry spokesman, Konstantinos Koutras, said as cited by Reuters.

“Everything is OK, it has been cleared for take-off,” he said, without specifying the reasons for the delay.

Local media reports, as cited by Itar-Tass, say that ground crew refused the refuel because the pilots had not provided the airport with any flight plans or informed them of their intention to land there.

As another reason, the media speculated that it could have been “sanctions against the Assad regime.”

The Geneva 2 conference, slated for January 22, has been on the verge of collapse.

One of the recent threats to jeopardize the peace talks was the Western-backed Syrian opposition’s demand to withdraw the invitation to Iran by 19:00 GMT Monday.

UN chief, Ban Ki-moon, retracted his invitation saying that Tehran “has chosen to remain outside that basic understanding” of the global consensus behind the Geneva communiqué.

Following the announcement Syria’s main opposition group – Syrian National Coalition – confirmed its participation in the peace talks.

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