Turkish Armed Forces Soon to Leave For Karabakh
Hulusi Akar, Turkish Defence Minister, has commented that Turkish armed forces will soon be sent to the Azerbaijani areas recently liberated from Armenian occupation, according to ‘Azerbaijan in Focus’, reporting Trend News. Mr Akar revealed that all preparatory work regarding the sending of Turkish ground forces to Azerbaijan has now been completed.
This move comes in the wake of the Turkish President signing an order on sending Turkish troops to Azerbaijan as part of the Joint Monitoring Centre, where they will serve alongside their Russian counterparts. The order reads: “The Azerbaijani army has achieved great success in restoring the territorial integrity of its country. According to the statement signed between Azerbaijan, Russia, and Armenia (on a complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict), it was decided to establish a Monitoring Centre to control the ceasefire.
“Turkey has always been, and will be, next to Azerbaijan. Turkey’s support for Azerbaijan, to preserve the country’s sovereignty, is founded on international law.”
Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. The Azerbaijani and Russian Presidents and Armenian Prime Minister signed a tripartite ceasefire statement on 9 November.