Ankara, 18th November: Turkey’s parliament has approved the deployment of their troops to join Russian forces at an observation post in Nagorno-Karabakh.
According to reports from Ar 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-brokered ceasefire to end fighting over the enclave.
The mandate will allow Turkish troops to be stationed at the centre for one year as part of an accord between Ankara and Moscow to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire, which locked in territorial gains by Azerbaijan.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, in a letter to parliament asking for the mandate’s approval, “the presence of Turkish troops and, if needed, civilian personnel from our country, [will] be to the benefit of the peace and prosperity of the regional people and necessary for our national interests”.
Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a war there ended in 1994. The ceasefire signed on November 10 halted military action in and around Nagorno-Karabakh.
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