Four Turkish parties issue joint statement condemning Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Duvar English

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.

“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.

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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.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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