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On December 10th, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gifted Azerbaijan with the great honor of hosting him as a special guest at Baku’s “Victory Parade”.
As of mid-day, on December 10th, there is a live feed of the event, with speeches from Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Erdogan himself.
President Aliyev, in his speech was cited as having said that “Yerevan, Zangezur, Sevan are our historical lands”. This follows a report shown on Turkish television that Zangezur is also within reach, while there is chaos in Armenia.
In all, from the preliminary reports following statements by Azerbaijani and the Turkish president, Armenia should likely prepare for a new war immediately.
Returning to Erdogan’s visit, Sharq Newspaper’s Editor in Chief Akif Asirli said that after the arrival of the Islamic Army of the Caucasus 102 years ago, military cooperation between the two countries in the 44-day war is another example in the modern history of Turkey and Azerbaijan.
He also said that Azerbaijanis felt Turkey’s full support during the 44-day conflict, saying “Turkey also has a great share in our victory. President Ilham Aliyev also said in a statement that this is our joint victory.”
“This is also the victory of the Turkic world. We saw that national spirit, born in Canakkale 107 years ago, in Shusha,” he added.
He emphasized that with the victory, an important step was taken for the unity of the Turkic world.
“Turkish flags are also flying everywhere today. Azerbaijan has seen who was a friend and who was an enemy. Erdogan will come to his homeland. His visit will turn the ceremony into a feast for Azerbaijan.”
Anadolu Agency, Turkey’s state outlet, is also grasping at straws, citing just random citizens who claim that the Victory Parade will be turned into a “festival” because “Great Ottoman older brother” Erdogan is in attendance.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Azerbaijan on December 9th on a two-day visit.
In his address to the Azerbaijani people he praised Ismail Enver Pasha.
“May the soul of Enver Pasha be blessed today.”
It should be reminded that Enver Pasha is one of the organizers of the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
Erdogan also issued a complain about Western militarism, forgetting that Ankara is one of the founding NATO states and a part of that same militarism.
He was welcomed at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport by Azerbaijan’s Vice President Yagub Eyyubov, Deputy Foreign Minister Ramiz Hasanov and Turkey’s Ambassador to Baku Erkan Ozoral.
Erdogan met his counterpart Ilham Aliyev for dinner along with the first ladies.
The Turkish president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, and ruling party spokesman Omer Celik among others.
In Armenia, protests are on-going and Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan refuses to give up power.
Police have detained 29 persons, holding protest at the government building.
Protesters had blocked a road, and police went to disperse them, as a video showed.
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian put “an optimistic spin on the economic situation in Armenia” as the National Assembly approved his government’s budget for next year calling for further sizable increases in public spending and tax revenue.
“We are doing well,” Pashinian said amid strong opposition criticism of the spending bill passed by 69 votes to 37.
The budget commits the government to spending 1.88 trillion drams (almost $4 billion), up by 14 percent from its expenditures projected for this year.
In particular, spending on social program is to rise by 10 percent, to 489 billion drams. The budget calls for sharper increases in government funds allocated to education and healthcare. They are projected to total 163 billion drams and 111 billion drams respectively.
By contrast, Armenia’s defense budget will be virtually flat in 2020 at just over 301 billion drams ($634 million), a fact deplored by some opposition politicians and other critics of the government. The latter has pledged to strengthen the Armenian military through more efficient governance and its ongoing fight against corruption.
“Since May 2018 Armenia has acquired unprecedented, for the recent past, quantities of weapons and ammunition,” Pashinian said in this regard. He did not shed light on those acquisitions.
Still, the unprecedented quantities of weapons and ammunition led to a loss in the war for Nagorno-Karabakh.
The National Assembly at the first hearing adopted draft packages on amendments and supplements to the constitutional Law on Political Parties and related laws. The draft is aimed to facilitate the process of registration and establishment of political parties and to make political parties more accountable and transparent and ideological.
He also offered more excuses not to give up power, in answers to opposition questions.
He answered ahe question of the head of the NA “Bright Armenia” faction Edmon Marukyan, that the former RA presidents, parliamentary and extra-parliamentary political forces, the leaders of the Armenian Church, intellectuals demand his resignation, countered:
“And why don’t you and the parliamentary forces demand early parliamentary elections?, why do those political forces and the representatives of the elite constantly offer scenarios that have one goal? to leave the people out of the process, moreover, irreversibly”.
According to Pashinyan, the forces listed by Marukyan suggest creating anarchy or puppet power in Armenia.
“They nominate a candidate for the post of Prime Minister who does not have the support of the people, who has no support in the parliament, who has no prospect of gaining the support of the people, because it is stipulated that the candidate must not run in the elections at all.
Therefore, if a change takes place in these conditions, and a prime minister is appointed who has no support, no source of legitimacy, on whom will he rely, to whom will that power belong?
Of course, the government will belong to the forces that brought him to that status”, Pashinyan said.
According to him, during the year that the opposition is talking about, all possible mechanisms of election fraud will be restored.
“90% of those people who demand resignation today are people who have been demanding resignation since June 2018. Now you say war, but if you look back and remember what was before the war, you will see that the message and the composition have not changed. But my question is – why they do not demand early parliamentary elections, including you” said the Prime Minister.
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