Erdogan in Azerbaijan to support the Azeris after their military victory in Nagorno Karabakh and to ask Armenians to accept what the Turkish president calls Baku’s “hand of peace.”
Azerbaijan rolls out the red carpet for Recep Tayyip Erdogan following his military victory in the recapture of Nagorno Karabakh. The Turkish president, the country’s main defender in the region, has asked Armenia to accept “the hand of peace” that Baku has extended to it. Erdogan stressed that Baku was forced to launch “an anti-terrorist operation on its own territory” last Tuesday.
“We are proud that it was carried out successfully in a short time without harm to civilians,” he said during his visit to the Azerbaijani autonomy of Nakhchivan, which shares a border with Turkey.
In his opinion, the Azerbaijani victory opens the possibility for “full normalization” in the region, the first step of which would be the signing of the peace treaty between Baku and Yerevan, an issue that its leaders will address on October 5 in the Spanish city of Granada. .
“I am convinced that this possibility must be considered,” said Erdogan, who has proposed a quadripartite meeting for this between Turkey, Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
He insisted that when peace is agreed “there will be no losers” and stressed that it is the duty of all countries to ensure peace and prosperity in the South Caucasus region.
For his part, Aliev stressed that Azerbaijan has managed to “reestablish its sovereignty” and was “convinced” that the integration process of Armenians residing in Karabakh will proceed “successfully.”
He recalled that the second meeting between Azerbaijani and Karabakh representatives took place on Monday.
“People living in Karabakh, no matter which village they belong to, are citizens of Azerbaijan. Their safety is the responsibility of Azerbaijan,” he said.
Furthermore, he highlighted that “the Armenian army surrendered in Karabakh, accepting our superiority. Azerbaijan is now sending humanitarian aid: gas, oil and food.”
According to the Armenian Government, some 6,600 people who were displaced by the recent Azerbaijani military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh have arrived in Armenia since their evacuation began on Sunday.
The rest of the citizens who wish to leave Nagorno Karabakh will be able to do so in the coming months after the transfer of the displaced is completed, as reported on Sunday by the Information Center of the self-proclaimed republic.
In addition, Azerbaijan opened two roads so that Karabakh soldiers who had to surrender and lay down their weapons following the cessation of hostilities can be transported to Armenia.
Erdogan’s visit has a marked economic character. The Turkish president and President Aliev have laid the first stone of the gas pipeline that will link the city of Nakhchivan with Turkey and whose completion is scheduled for 2024.