Turkey's Good Party leader welcomes Karabakh deal

Turkey's Good Party leader welcomes Karabakh deal

Leader of the Turkish opposition Good Party Meral Aksener welcomed the cease-fire between the forces Azerbaijan and Armenia that ended six weeks of fighting in the Karabakh region.

"The Azerbaijani army is continuing to hold sway in territories [in Karabakh] once occupied by Armenia," Aksener told her party's parliamentary group in the Ankara on Wednesday.

"The deal was signed following the liberation of [the strategic city] Shusha... Karabakh is a part of Azerbaijan as we have been persistently saying this for 28 years," Anadolu Agency cited her as saying.

Aksener said the hearts of both the nations of Turkey and Azerbaijan beat together.

On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on a complete ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian leader said the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides would remain on the positions they hold and Russian peacekeepers would be deployed to the region. Besides, Armenia and Azerbaijan should carry out the exchange of prisoners of war and the bodies of those killed. Aghdam region will be returned to Azerbaijan before November 20, Kelbajar region - before November 15, Lachin region - before December 1.

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