Turkey opposition leader hopes for Baku-Yerevan peace process

Turkey opposition leader hopes for Baku-Yerevan peace process

Leader of the Turkish opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu said he hopes a peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia will begin soon as the sides signed a Russia-brokered deal to end fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

"The agreement will contribute to the easing of tensions in the region, and help end the war. I hope a peace process will happen again," Kilicdaroglu told his party's parliamentary group in Ankara.

"I think relations will improve after the end of occupation in Karabakh," the conflict would come to an end, and the neighbors will start a consistent dialogue," Anadolu Agency cited the Turkish opposition leader as saying.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has hailed the peace deal as a victory for his country, saying Baku's military success has enabled it to gain an upper hand to end the three-decade-long occupation of its territory. The Turkish leadership has also welcomed the truce, terming its a "great victory" for Azerbaijan.

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