Turkish troops were sent in the wake of a fall 2020 conflict between Azerbaijan, and Armenia over Karabakh, ending nearly 30 years of Armenian occupation.
The Turkish parliament has extended for one year the deployment of troops sent to Azerbaijan in the wake of a fall 2020 conflict with neighbouring Armenia over the Karabakh region.
The extension under a government motion will start on Nov. 17 to observe the ceasefire, prevent violations, ensure peace and stability in the region, as well as effectively protect and safeguard Türkiye's interests following the 44-day conflict over Karabakh, which previously had been under Armenia occupation for nearly 30 years.
The joint centre established by Türkiye and Russia, where Turkish Armed Forces deployed, continues its successful activities, it said.
The Turkish presence at the centre is a requirement of the country's effective and constructive role in the region and national interests, said the motion.
According to the November 2020 Tripartite Declaration signed by Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia to end the conflict, activities to maintain stability in the region continue.
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Liberation of Karabakh
Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been tense since 1991, when the Armenian military occupied Karabakh, a territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan.
In the fall of 2020, in 44 days of clashes, Azerbaijan liberated several cities, villages, and settlements from Armenian occupation, ending in a Russian-brokered truce.
The peace agreement is celebrated as a triumph in Azerbaijan.
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