Baku, Nov 21 (EFE) .- The President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliev, considered today that Russia and Turkey guarantee the security of the Caucasus by jointly being in charge of controlling compliance with the ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh.
“I welcome the progress in the talks between Russia and Turkey for the creation of a ceasefire observation center on Azerbaijani territory. We consider it an important element for regional stability and security,” said Aliyev when meeting with the Defense Minister. Russian, Sergei Shoigu.
Russia reported on Friday that it is finalizing with Turkey the details of the operation of the joint observation center in Azerbaijani territory in accordance with the bilateral memorandum signed on November 11, which will remotely collect information on any violation of the cessation of hostilities.
Shoigu arrived in Baku today at the head of a large government delegation sent by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who ordered his ministers to ensure compliance with the agreement to end the war in Karabakh, the provision of humanitarian aid and the return of refugees to the territory.
“Both Russia and Turkey are two friendly countries, two neighbors who will participate in the control of the ceasefire,” added Aliyev, who also welcomed the deployment of a peace contingent of almost two thousand Russian soldiers in the Karabakh.
Faced with the fears of Armenia, which accuses Turkey of helping Baku militarily during the conflict, Moscow assures that no Turkish soldier will be deployed in the Karabakh.
Aliyev described the Azerbaijani victory as “brilliant”, although he considered that the agreement announced on November 10th has put an “end and end” to the conflict and that now all parties have entered “the phase of political settlement.”
Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, stressed that the Azerbaijani authorities are committed to complying with the agreement, as he said this morning when meeting in Yerevan with the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinyan.
“The document fully responds to the interests of the Azerbaijani and Armenian population,” he said.
The fighting in the Karabakh, an enclave in dispute between Armenians and Azerbaijanis since 1988, broke out on September 27 and took the lives of thousands of civilians and military during 44 days of fighting.
Armenia had controlled the territory since its victory in the previous war (1992-94), after which a fragile ceasefire came into force, broken on numerous occasions, although, with the exception of the four-day war of 2016, never to big scale.
Under the Moscow-sponsored agreement that ended the war, Azerbaijan will control more than two-thirds of the territory of Karabakh, a republic that proclaimed its independence after holding three referendums (1991, 2006 and 2017), although this was never recognized by the community. international, not even by Yerevan.EFE
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