Turkish Parliament approves motion to send troops to Azerbaijan

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The Turkish Parliament on Tuesday approved a presidential motion that seeks permission for the deployment of Turkish troops in Azerbaijan, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

While the motion was supported by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which presented it to the legislature, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the İYİ Party, the Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) voted against it.

The Turkish peacekeeping troops will be responsible for monitoring a ceasefire agreement between Turkish ally Azerbaijan and Armenia that was reached following six weeks of intense fighting between the two countries.

The motion, which is valid for one year, leaves it to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to determine the number of troops to be sent.

Last week the Russian and Turkish defense ministers signed a memorandum to create a joint monitoring center in Azerbaijan.

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