Turkish parliament approves troop deployment in Nagorno-Karabakh

November 20, 2020 at 8:00 am

Turkey’s parliament approved the deployment of troops to join Russian forces at an observation post in Nagorno-Karabakh after Armenia and Azerbaijan signed a Russian-negotiated ceasefire to end fighting for the enclave, announced the Turkish Defense Ministry, as reported Al Jazeera.

According to the report, Russian forces will allow Turkish troops to be stationed in the center for a year as part of an agreement between Ankara and Moscow to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire, which was a territorial benefit for Azerbaijan.

On Tuesday, Erdogan had asked the Turkish parliament to authorize the dispatch of soldiers to Azerbaijan to establish a “joint center” for peacekeeping with Russia to oversee the ceasefire in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Last week, President Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey is participating in the supervision and surveillance of activities together with Russia through a joint center at a location to be designated by Azerbaijan in the territories it recovered from the occupation of Armenia.

The ceasefire signed last week, intended to allow the parties to exchange detainees and bodies of those killed in the clashes, has had little impact on the fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh, a mountainous territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated and governed by ethnic Armenians.

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