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Turkey Accuses Minsk Group Leaders of Supplying Arms to Armenia

Turkey Accuses Minsk Group Leaders of Supplying Arms to Armenia

Tuesday, 20 October, 2020 - 10:15
Mustafa Sentop speaks during an interview with Reuters in Ankara, Turkey, June 15, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Turkey has accused the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)– co-chaired by France, Russia and the US, of supplying Armenia with all kinds of weapons in its conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“What happened in Iraq and Syria, and even in the Balkans in the past and now in Libya and Karabakh proved that discrimination and the pursuit of small gains have lead to nothing but blood and tears,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

“Our Azeri brothers and sisters are struggling to liberate these occupied lands,’’ Erdogan said during a congress meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in the southeastern town of Şırnak.

Meanwhile, Turkish Parliament Speaker Mustafa Sentop said some countries are supplying weapons to Armenia, which means granting a reward to the occupier, and they are obliged to explain this to the whole world.

In a statement after meeting with his Azeri counterpart in Baku on Monday, Sentop stressed that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has not addressed the issue fairly, and the international community did not succeed in being unbiased.

Turkey is closely following the successes of the Azerbaijani army, he affirmed, noting that Armenia becomes more aggressive whenever it is exposed to defeats and tries to cover up its failures by attacking civilians.

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, for his part, praised Erdogan and Turkish officials’ stances in supporting his country since day one of Armenia’s attack.

Aliyev stressed during his meeting with Sentop that the Turkish delegation’s visit to Azerbaijan in such an exceptional period is highly valued.

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