Four Turkish political parties on Sept. 28 unanimously condemned Armenia over the clashes between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces. The parties include the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and İYİ (Good) Party.Armenia accuses Turkey of providing direct military support to Azerbaijan
"As political parties having representation in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, we strongly condemn the attack with heavy weapons by the Armenian Armed Forces targeting Azerbaijani civilian settlements and soldiers on Sept. 28 in clear violation of the cease-fire and international law in Upper Karabakh," said a joint statement released by the parties.
The parties said that Azerbaijan has a right to self-defense and called on the international community to stand by the country. They indicated that the Nagorno-Karabakh region has been under Armenian “occupation” for 30 years and reaffirmed support for a peaceful solution to end the “occupation” in line with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan hailed the joint statement of the parties, thanking them in a tweet.
“On behalf of myself and my nation, I thank political parties which have put their signatures on this joint statement, which strongly reaffirms that Turkey is always standing by Azerbaijan, and congratulate our veteran parliament from my heart due to its noble and powerful stance,” Erdoğan said.
Türkiye'nin her zaman Azerbaycan'ın yanında olduğunu güçlü bir şekilde teyit eden bu ortak bildiride imzası olan siyasi partilerimize şahsım ve Milletimiz adına teşekkür ediyor, Gazi Meclisimizi bu asil ve güçlü duruşundan dolayı gönülden tebrik ediyorum. https://t.co/HpQ6ngheQp— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (@RTErdogan) September 28, 2020
At least 21 people were killed on Sept. 28 in a second day of fierce fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region inside Azerbaijan run by ethnic Armenians. Ankara has pledged support for Azerbaijan in the conflict.Erdoğan calls on Armenia to 'end occupation' in Nagorno-Karabakh region