As ethnic Armenians flee Karabakh, Turkey’s Erdogan to meet Azerbaijan’s Aliyev

As ethnic Armenians flee Karabakh, Turkey’s Erdogan to meet Azerbaijan’s Aliyev

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to meet with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Monday. This meeting comes as thousands of ethnic Armenians are fleeing the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh following a swift military operation that has significantly altered the South Caucasus. The Armenians of Karabakh, who reside in a territory recognized as part of Azerbaijan, were compelled to accept a ceasefire last week after a 24-hour military offensive by the larger Azerbaijani military. The leadership of the 120,000 Armenians in Karabakh expressed their desire to leave for Armenia rather than live as part of Azerbaijan due to concerns of persecution and ethnic cleansing. As of Monday morning, over 2,900 people from Nagorno-Karabakh had already crossed into Armenia, prompting the Armenian government to make preparations for the influx of refugees.

During his visit to Azerbaijan’s autonomous Nakhchivan exclave, Erdogan and Aliyev will discuss the situation in the Karabakh region, as well as other matters such as gas and Nakhchivan itself. The Turkish president’s office stated that the meeting will involve discussions on bilateral relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan, as well as the latest global and regional developments, particularly those related to Karabakh. Additionally, Erdogan and Aliyev will participate in a ceremony for a gas pipeline and inaugurate a newly modernized military installation in Nakhchivan.

In the Karabakh capital, known as Stepanakert by Armenia and Khankendi by Azerbaijan, individuals with fuel began driving towards the border with Armenia through the Lachin corridor on Sunday night. RushHourDaily reported that numerous cars were seen leaving the capital and navigating the corridor’s mountainous curves. The Azerbaijani victory in Karabakh has significant implications for the South Caucasus region, which is characterized by a diverse population and intersecting oil and gas pipelines. Various global powers, including Russia, the United States, Turkey, and Iran, are vying for influence in this region.

Nagorno-Karabakh, referred to as Artsakh by Armenians, has a complex history of Persian, Turkish, Russian, Ottoman, and Soviet influence. After the fall of the Russian Empire in 1917, both Azerbaijan and Armenia claimed the territory. During the Soviet era, Nagorno-Karabakh was designated as an autonomous region within Azerbaijan. As the Soviet Union disintegrated, the Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijani control and captured neighboring territory in what is now known as the First Karabakh War. This conflict, which took place from 1988 to 1994, resulted in the deaths of approximately 30,000 people and the displacement of over a million individuals, mostly Azerbaijanis. Azerbaijan regained control of significant portions of Nagorno-Karabakh and its surrounding areas in a war in 2020.

Erdogan, who provided military support to Azerbaijan during the 2020 conflict, recently expressed his support for Azerbaijan’s latest military operation but denied any direct involvement. Armenia reported that over 200 people were killed and 400 wounded in the Azeri operation. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who is facing calls for his resignation, has blamed Russia for failing Armenia. Pashinyan has also warned of unidentified forces attempting to orchestrate a coup against him and accused Russian media of engaging in an information war. The United States has expressed deep concern over Azerbaijan’s military operation, which was initiated on September 19 in response to alleged terrorist attacks by Karabakh fighters on Azerbaijani civilians.

On Sunday, Azerbaijan’s defense ministry announced that it had seized additional military equipment from Armenian separatists, including rockets, artillery shells, mines, and ammunition. Russian peacekeepers in Karabakh reported that the fighters had surrendered 1,200 weapons and 130,000 units of ammunition. They also stated that 125 tonnes of food and 65 tonnes of fuel had been delivered. Armenia has called for the immediate deployment of a United Nations mission to monitor human rights and security in the region.

In conclusion, Turkish President Erdogan’s upcoming meeting with Azerbaijani President Aliyev coincides with the mass exodus of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh. The situation in Karabakh has altered the geopolitical landscape of the South Caucasus, where various global powers are competing for influence. The historical and ongoing conflicts in the region have resulted in significant casualties and displacement. The repercussions of Azerbaijan’s recent military operation are still unfolding, with Armenia calling for international intervention to monitor the situation.

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