Pelosi remarks 'sabotaging' Armenia-Azerbaijan diplomacy, says Turkey
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "biased" statements on the fresh clashes between Armenia and Azerbaijan are "sabotaging” efforts for diplomacy and are unacceptable, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Monday.
Pelosi, during a visit to Yerevan on Sunday, condemned “illegal” border attacks by Azerbaijan on Armenia over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, saying it was said it was clear the border fighting was triggered by Azeri assaults.
Oktay, in a Twitter post, also called on Washington to clarify whether Pelosi's statements reflect the U.S.’ official position.
1️⃣ABD Temsilciler Meclisi Başkanı Nancy Pelosi’nin Ermenistan ziyaretinde yaptığı, tarihi ve güncel gerçeklerle bağdaşmayan, iyi niyetten tamamen uzak, taraflı bakış açısını yansıtan ve diplomatik çabaları sabote eden açıklamalar asla kabul edilemez.— Fuat Oktay (@fuatoktay) September 19, 2022
The former Soviet states are bitter rivals and have been clashing over territorial claims centering around Nagorno-Karabakh, an ethnically Armenian enclave located inside Azerbaijan, since the late 1980s. Over the decades, periodic bouts of violence between the countries have occasionally erupted into outright war.
The latest bout of clashes erupted on September 13 between the troops of Turkey ally Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in the worst escalation of hostilities since a 2020 war, Reuters reported. The conflict follows Azerbaijan’s re-establishment of full control over the disputed territory in the six-week conflict.
At least 100 people have been killed in the clashes, according to officials said, with a cease-fire reached last Wednesday putting a temporary stop to the bloodshed.
Earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu called on Armenia to cease provocations over the Karabakh, saying Ankara would continue to stand by Azerbaijan and will never leave it alone, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.