Turkey rejects Belgian parliament’s Nagorno-Karabakh resolution

Ankara on Friday rejected the resolution on the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh adopted by the lower house of Belgian parliament.

The resolution neither complies with the historical and legal realities, nor the facts on the ground”, the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, urging Belgium to act with reason and avoid from taking steps that would overshadow bilateral relations.

On Dec. 17, the House of Representatives of the Belgian Federal Parliament adopted a draft resolution entitled "Support to the initiatives of Belgium and international organizations for a lasting solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and a ceasefire."

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hami Aksoy in a written statement said that this resolution was a clear example of how Belgian parliament has become an instrument to "one-sided" Armenian narrative. 

"The said decision, will neither contribute to Turkey-Belgium relations, nor will it serve the efforts to achieve peace and stability in the region," he said. 

Azerbaijan and Armenia, two former Soviet republics in the South Caucasus, signed a Russian-brokered truce on Nov.10 to halt clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, after six weeks of fighting. More than 5,600 people have been reported killed after the latest round of fighting erupted on Sept 27.

Aksoy, in his statement also pointed to the decision of the Belgian parliament adopted on the same day regarding remembrance of the 1915 killings of Armenians.

“The decision of the Belgian House of Representatives to declare Dec. 9 as the day of remembrance of the victims of the genocides, adopted on the same day, is also contrary to the basic principles of law, especially the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights,’’ Aksoy said.

Turkey's position on the events of 1915 is that the deaths of Armenians, mostly in eastern Anatolia, took place when some sided with invading Russians during World War I.

Turkey objects to the reference of the incidents as "genocide," describing them as a fighting in which both sides suffered losses.