The controversies caused by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech at the Victory Parade in Azerbaijan continue.
He reportedly made claims regarding territorial claims towards Iran, and namely towards Iran’s province under the name of “Azerbaijan.”
He was immediately rebuked by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
Pres. Erdogan was not informed that what he ill-recited in Baku refers to the forcible separation of areas north of Aras from Iranian motherland
Didn't he realize that he was undermining the sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan?
NO ONE can talk about OUR beloved Azerbaijan
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) December 11, 2020
He also took a poke at saying that Turkey was undermining Azerbaijan’s sovereignty.
Erdogan, additionally, called for regime change in Armenia and that it could potentially join a regional cooperation with Azerbaijan if it took certain steps. He also raised the possibility of reopening the border between Turkey and Armenia.
He furthermore said that the victory for Azerbaijan in the war didn’t mean it’s “struggle with Armenia” was over.
“Azerbaijan’s saving its lands from occupation does not mean that the struggle is over,” Erdogan said.
“The struggle carried out in the political and military areas will continue from now on many other fronts.”
In his speech, the Turkish leader also said that “Karabakh’s freedom will be the beginning of a new era” in the region.
This was, of course, all for the good of Armenia.
“We wish for the Armenian people to rid itself of the burden of leaders who console them with the lies of the past and trap them into poverty,” Erdogan said in Baku.
He also added that said he had discussed forming a regional cooperation initiative with Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran and Georgia, and possibly Armenia.
He also called for accountability for war crimes that he said were committed by ethnic Armenian forces, as well as the alleged destruction of villages, cities and mosques. Armenian forces have denied such accusations and said Azerbaijani troops and foreign mercenaries are the ones responsible.
Azerbaijan’s army paraded military hardware and weapons seized from Armenia, and displayed Turkish Bayraktar TB2 combat drones, which Turkish media and military analysts claimed “turned the tide” of the war.
“We are here today to… celebrate this glorious victory,” Erdogan said. “Azerbaijan’s saving its lands from occupation does not mean that the struggle is over,” he added. “The struggle carried out in the political and military areas will continue from now on many other fronts.”
During the victory day parade, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev also stirred the pot by saying that Zangazur, Goycha and Yerevan are Azerbaijan’s historical lands.
“Azerbaijani territories have been under occupation for about 30 years. In the early 1990s, Armenia’s policy of aggression against Azerbaijan led to the occupation of our lands. In fact, Armenia’s aggressive policy began in the late 1980s. At that time, 100,000 Azerbaijanis living in the present-day Republic of Armenia were expelled from their ancestral lands. Zangazur, Goycha and Iravan districts are our historical lands. Our people have lived in these lands for centuries, but the Armenian leadership expelled 100,000 Azerbaijanis from their native lands at the time. After that, the same situation was observed in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Armenian side used force to commit a war crime against the civilian population of Azerbaijan, perpetrated the Khojaly genocide. Then, in May 1992, the occupation of Shusha and Lachin created a geographical link between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The occupation of Kalbajar district in April 1993 aggravated the situation and, in fact, led to the continuation of the policy of subsequent occupation.”
As such, it would appear that Armenia’s struggles are just beginning, if Erdogan even is saying he wants to “help.”
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