Turkish Parliament Gives Green Light to Erdogan to Send Troops to Azerbaijan

Erdogan arrives at the Turkish parliament on Nov. 11 to "declare victory" in Karabakh (AP photo)
Erdogan arrives at the Turkish parliament on Nov. 11 to "declare victory" in Karabakh (AP photo)

Erdogan arrives at the Turkish parliament on Nov. 11 to “declare victory” in Karabakh (AP photo)

Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government permission to deploy peacekeepers to Azerbaijan to monitor the cease-fire in Karabakh, the Associated Press reported.

In a show of hands, legislators voted in favor of a one-year mandate allowing the government to send troops to Azerbaijan, where they would observe possible violations of the truce from a joint Turkish-Russian monitoring center.

Erdogan’s government would determine the number of troops to be sent and it wasn’t immediately clear how many the country planned to deploy. The motion states that civilian personnel could also be deployed as part of the peacekeeping mission, AP reported.

Last week, the defense ministers of Russia and Turkey signed a memorandum of understanding to create a joint monitoring center in Azerbaijan, although technical details of the mission are still being worked out.

Azerbaijan has been pressing for its ally Turkey, which has backed it in the conflict, to take an active role in the peace talks and was the first to announce its involvement in the monitoring of the cease-fire agreement.

Russian officials have said that Ankara’s involvement will be limited to the work of the monitoring center on Azerbaijani soil, and Turkish peacekeepers wouldn’t go to Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said the center will operate remotely, using drones and other technical means to monitor possible violations.


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  1. Ararat said:

    Turkish mullah and terrorist-in-chief Erdogan and his henchmen, the Turkish defense and foreign ministers in particular, should be arrested for crimes against humanity for initiating, encouraging, dictating and conducting a large scale destructive war deliberately targeting and killing defenseless Armenian civilians and destroying buildings, schools, hospitals and Armenian cultural and religious icons. The same goes for terrorist Erdogan’s lapdog and hand puppet Aliyev, artificial Azerbaijan’s chicken-hawk, and his defense minister. These two should be taken care of in the utmost brutal fashion in Stepanakert for indiscriminate killings of Armenians men women and children. That coward Aliyev, who was hiding in Moscow in the 1990s war of LIBERATION, who gave a hero’s welcome to Azerbaijani ISIS terrorists for committing gruesome murder of Armenian civilians, old men and women in particular, must be given a big dose and a bitter taste of his own medicine. This fascist criminal must be made to face justice at any cost. We must get this bastard.