Turkish Parliament Approves Deployment of Observer Troops to Karabakh
Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday approved the government’s plan to deploy Turkish troops in Azerbaijan.
The motion, which was submitted by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, seeks to deploy troops for peacekeeping in Upper Karabakh region for one year.
The deployment “will be for the benefit and welfare of the people in the region,” the motion said, adding the move will also be in Turkey’s national interests.
The ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), and two other opposition parties, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the Good (IYI) Party, backed the motion.
The troops will join Russian forces for observation in Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Some 2,000 Russian “peacekeepers” have already started their deployment to the area.
Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia ended after a Russia-brokered agreement on November 10.
The Turkish leadership welcomed the truce, terming it a ‘great victory’ for Azerbaijan.
Turkey and Russia have since signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint Turkish-Russian center to monitor the Karabakh peace deal.
Relations between the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have been tense since 1991 when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, a territory recognized as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
In total, about 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory has been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.
New clashes erupted on September 27 and the Armenian army continued its attacks on civilian and Azerbaijani forces, even violating three humanitarian cease-fire agreements for 44 days.
On november 10, 2020, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev announced the end of the Karabakh conflict between Baku and Yerevan with the new agreement.