Pro-Kurdish Leader Blames Turkey for Karabakh Re-Escalation

HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas has been accused of terrorist propaganda (Source: Cihan)
HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas has been accused of terrorist propaganda (Source: Cihan)

HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas has been accused of terrorist propaganda (Source: Cihan)

ISTANBUL—Leader of Turkey’s Pro-Kurdish Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) Salahettin Demirtas, placed the blame on the escalation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict squarely on the Turkish president and prime minister, reported the Agos newspaper.

“Nagorno Karabakh is a self-governing region. Armenia and Azerbaijan must settle the issue around the negotiating table, as war will be of no benefit any of the sides,” said Demirtas who added that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s announcements began inciting the latest military aggression by Azerbaijan.

By making statements such as “Azerbaijan should trample and pass,” Demirtas said, “fits the logic of inspiring war.”

Turkey Pledges To Back Azerbaijan On Karabakh
Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu joined his country’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan to announce Turkey complete support for Azerbaijan in the Nagrono-Karabakh conflict, the Russian news agency, TASS, reported Tuesday/

“Let the whole world know that Turkey will be shoulder to shoulder with Azerbaijan until the end of time,” the prime minister said. “We will continue supporting Azerbaijan in all the issues, including Nagorno-Karabakh, until all its lands are liberated,” Davitoglu told parliament Tueday.

On Monday, Erdogan, speaking at a meeting of the General Assembly of the Turkish Red Crescent Society, said Ankara would continue supporting Baku in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He also said that he thought Nagorno-Karabakh would someday be part of Azerbaijan.

“I have expressed condolences to my friend (President of Azerbaijan) Ilham Aliyev on the raging conflict. I continue to offer condolences to the military and the entire Azerbaijani people over the loss of life, because the fighting still continues there and intense fighting is underway,” he said. Erdogan recalled that “Turkey had always sided with Azerbaijan in the Nagono-Karabakh issue and would continue to offer support (to it).”


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  1. Reader said:

    The Armenian government should include the issue of Nakhichevan in any future negotiations. If any lands are to be returned, azeris should first return Nakhichevan, a historic part of ancient Armenia. It is clear that Turkey is the main instigator of the recent escalation. In this context, sale of Russian made weapons and especially their use against peaceful Armenian territories is very puzzling and is against the Russian national security interests. While Turkey is unconditionally supporting Azerbaijan, Russia’s arms sales and so called “neutral” position is very troubling. After all, turks and azeris are the same terrorist back stabbers. While Armenians are grateful to Russia for supporting Armenia, Russia has the ability to end this conflict for good by recognizing Artsakh. And by doing so, Russia can correct the main cause of this conflict which was Stalin’s unjust action of trying make Artsakh, a historic Armenian territory, part of Azerbaijan.

  2. varouj said:

    I think we need to appease Davutoglu, by allowing him to personally witness the end times for both Turkey and Azerbaijan… :)