Turkey’s mainstream political parties, the ruling Justice and Development Party and its ally Nationalist Movement Party, along with the opposition Republican People’s Party and Good Party, have released a joint statement condemning what they saw as the Armenian attack on 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 September 28 in clear violation of the ceasefire and international law in Upper Karabakh,” according to a joint statement.
Turkey supports Azerbaijan’s right to self-defence in line with international law to protect its people and ensure territorial integrity, it added. The statement also reminded that Karabakh has been under occupation of Yerevan for 30 years and invited all international community to side with Azerbaijan against Armenia on this conflict.
Turkey’s second largest opposition party, pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) did not sign the statement.
The hot confrontation resumed on Sunday between Armenia and Azerbaijan are the latest flare-up in an ongoing dispute over the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh region. Although the region is officially recognised as part of Azerbaijan, it is governed as a de facto independent state with an ethnic Armenian majority.