Turkish parliament approves deployment of peacekeepers for Azerbaijan

Turkey’s parliament on Tuesday granted the government permission to deploy peacekeepers to ally Azerbaijan to monitor a cease-fire deal between the country and Armenia aiming to end the conflict over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Lawmakers voted in favour of a one-year mandate allowing the government to send troops to Azerbaijan to observe possible violations of a Russia-brokered ceasefire from a joint Turkish-Russian monitoring centre, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported.

Azerbaijan and Armenia signed the truce on Nov. 10. to halt military clashes over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, which saw six weeks of fighting between Armenian separatists and the Azeri military, which is backed by Turkey.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will determine how many troops will be deployed.

Civilian personnel can also be deployed as part of the peacekeeping mission, according to the motion.

On Nov.11, Turkey and Russia signed an agreement for establishing a joint centre to monitor the cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Russia is set to send about 2,000 peacekeeping troops under a five-year mandate.

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