2020-11-19 12:05

Turkish parliament approves peacekeepers for Azerbaijan yWz世界播


ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday granted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government permission to deploy peacekeepers to Azerbaijan to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia that aims to end the conflict in the region. yWz世界播

土耳其安卡拉(美联社)-土耳其议会周二批准总统雷杰普·塔伊普·埃尔多安(Recep Tayyip Erdogan)政府向阿塞拜疆部署维和人员,以监督阿塞拜疆和亚美尼亚之间旨在结束该地区冲突的停火协议。yWz世界播

In a show of hands, legislators voted in favor of a one-year mandate allowing the government to send troops to Azerbaijan, where they would observe possible violations of the truce from a joint Turkish-Russian monitoring center. The cease-fire ended six weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region. yWz世界播


Erdogan’s government would determine the number of troops to be sent and it wasn't immediately clear how many the country planned to deploy. The motion states that civilian personnel could also be deployed as part of the peacekeeping mission. yWz世界播


Last week, the defense ministers of Russia and Turkey signed a memorandum to create a joint monitoring center in Azerbaijan, although technical details of the mission are still being worked out. yWz世界播


Azerbaijan has been pressing for its ally Turkey, which has supported Baku in the conflict, to take an active role in the peace talks and was the first to announce its involvement in the monitoring of the cease-fire agreement. yWz世界播


Russian officials have said that Ankara’s involvement will be limited to the work of the monitoring center on Azerbaijani soil, and Turkish peacekeepers wouldn't go to Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said the center will operate remotely, using drones and other technical means to monitor possible violations. yWz世界播

俄罗斯官员曾表示,安卡拉的参与将仅限于阿塞拜疆领土上的监测中心的工作,土耳其维和人员不会前往纳戈尔诺-卡拉巴赫(Nagorno-Karabakh)。俄罗斯外长谢尔盖·拉夫罗夫(Sergey Lavrov)表示,该中心将远程操作,使用无人机和其他技术手段监控可能的违规行为。yWz世界播

The mandate further extends Turkey’s military engagements stretching from the Middle East to Africa. The country, which has been trying to craft itself a role as a regional power, has sent troops to Iraq and Syria to battle Kurdish militants and to Libya where its presence helped change the balance of a conflict there in favor of the Tripoli-based government. Ankara also maintains a military presence in Qatar, Somalia and on Cyprus and has peacekeepers in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Africa and the Balkans. yWz世界播


The motion for the deployment in Azerbaijan was backed by four out of five parties in Turkey's parliament. Erdogan's government said the Turkish peacekeepers were crucial for the region's peace and welfare and for Turkey's national interests. yWz世界播


“Turkey and Azerbaijan who regard themselves as one state and two people, will continue to struggle together for their independence and future,” said Ismet Yilmaz, who heads the parliamentary defense committee. “It is our historic and strategic responsibility to ensure that (Turkish troops) take up duty at the joint center to maintain the cease-fire and prevent violations.” yWz世界播

议会国防委员会主席伊斯梅特·耶尔马兹(Ismet Yilmaz)表示:“土耳其和阿塞拜疆认为自己是一个国家、两个民族,两国将继续为独立和未来而共同奋斗。”“确保(土耳其军队)在联合中心执勤,以维持停火并防止违规行为,这是我们的历史和战略责任。”yWz世界播

Ahad Andican, a legislator from the nationalist opposition Good Party, said the Turkish troop presence would help prevent Armenian attempts to “rearm.” yWz世界播

民族主义反对党好党(Good Party)的议员阿哈德·安迪坎(Ahad Andican)说,土耳其驻军将有助于阻止亚美尼亚试图“重新武装”。yWz世界播

Russia, which negotiated the cease-fire, is sending about 2,000 peacekeeping troops under a five-year mandate. yWz世界播


Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under control of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. yWz世界播


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