Turkey’s Involvement in Nagorno-Karabakh
The Turkish leader said that the monitoring process could reach a different level with the participation of other countries in the region
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that he had discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the possibility of involving other countries in efforts to maintain the ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh.
On November 10, Azerbaijan and Armenia, with the mediation of Russia, signed a truce that ended the fighting in the mountain enclave, which is recognized throughout the world as part of Azerbaijan, but inhabited predominantly by ethnic Armenians..
In accordance with the ceasefire agreement, which consolidated the territorial successes of Azerbaijan, Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region. There are no Turkish peacekeepers there, but Ankara agreed with Moscow to create a joint center to monitor the ceasefire.
“We have the opportunity to develop and expand this initiative. We discussed these development and expansion efforts with Mr Putin, ”Erdogan said..
According to the Turkish leader, the process could be brought “to another level” if other countries of the region were involved in it. At the same time, he did not specify which countries were in question..
Turkey and Russia are in talks on the parameters of the monitoring center, but a Turkish source told Reuters that disagreements arose between the two countries due to Ankara’s desire to establish an independent military observation post on the territory of Azerbaijan..
Turkey has long supported Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh issue and has repeatedly criticized the co-chairs of the so-called Minsk Group of the Organization for
security and cooperation for not resolving the conflict over decades of mediation. The Minsk Group includes France, Russia and the United States.
France, home to 400,000 to 600,000 citizens of Armenian origin, advocates international control of the ceasefire, fearing that Russia and Turkey might exclude Western powers from future peace negotiations.
Erdogan said the fears expressed by some of the Minsk Group co-chairs “have no basis”.
Recall that earlier on Wednesday, the US State Department announced a telephone conversation between Undersecretary of State Stephen Bigan and Armenian Foreign Minister Ara Ayvazyan.
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