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“Baku is testing the worldwide group, with the knowledge that it’s going to solely react weakly”

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on October 26, 2021. MURAT CETIN MUHURDAR / TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AFP

MAINTENANCEThe toll of the violent clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan rose Thursday, September 15 to greater than 170 useless. For Franck Papazian, Baku has over-armed itself over the previous twenty years, properly helped by Erdogan’s Turkey.

Franck Papazian is a member of the Coordinating Council of Armenian Associations in France. He simply printed The Erdogan Regime. A risk to France (Versilio/Robert Laffont, 144 pages, €18).


LE FIGARO. – The toll of the violent clashes on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan rose Thursday, September 15 to greater than 170 useless, based on a nonetheless provisional evaluation. How can this resurgence of violence be defined?

FRANCK PAPAZIAN. – Armenia formally declares no less than 105 useless on its aspect. Azerbaijan launched this spectacular navy offensive with the intention of additional conquest of the territories of the Republic of Armenia. Baku is testing the worldwide group, whereas having the knowledge that it’s going to react solely very weakly. Azerbaijan will thus be capable of proceed its murderous offensives with full impunity.

France introduced that it was going to grab the UN Safety Council. Is it enough? Ought to France, and extra broadly Europe, intervene to place an finish to the clashes?

It is a good factor, however it’s removed from sufficient. The UN Safety Council should ship blue helmets to guard the Armenian populations. Azerbaijan doesn’t care about verbal condemnations. Since 1994, Baku has violated the ceasefire roughly 6,000 to 10,000 occasions every year. The 44-day battle within the fall of 2020 is a violation of the ceasefire. Azerbaijan completely doesn’t respect worldwide injunctions. And if the UN refuses to ship peacekeeping forces, then France must take its tasks. Will we, in 2022, let a folks be massacred in entrance of tv cameras?

Erdogan and his group are attempting to justify the Azerbaijani intervention.

Frank Papazian

For his half, Turkish Overseas Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu referred to as on Armenia to “cease his provocations”. Is the method of normalization between the 2 international locations, which started final 12 months, crumbling?

The Turkish authorities is in a powerful propaganda section. Erdogan and his group are attempting to justify the Azerbaijani intervention. Armenia is in no way in a posture of provocation. Armenians need peace. They need to stay of their properties in security. However Turkish and Azerbaijani forces need to occupy and management the nation. The “normalization” proposed by Erdogan isn’t aimed toward making peace with Armenia. Erdogan desires to get his palms on the nation. “Normalization” and the opening of diplomatic and business relations will permit Ankara to regulate the Armenian financial system inside a couple of years. However, as well as, Erdogan points situations for normalization: 1- That Armenia accepts that Nagorno-Karabakh is a part of the borders of Azerbaijan. 2- That the Armenians abandon the query of the popularity of the genocide by Turkey.

Throughout the 44-day battle, Erdogan dispatched to Azerbaijan 80 Turkish navy specialists who piloted your entire battle, 1,200 elite Turkish mountain warfare troopers and a pair of,000 Syrian jihadists.

Frank Papazian

Ought to we see behind Turkey’s assist for Azerbaijan a extra identity-based method than a political one?

The Turkish-Azerbaijani forces are the forces of pan-Turkism. It’s within the title of Pan-Turkism that the Armenians have been genocidated in 1915. This alliance constitutes a hazard on the spot for the Armenians.

How does Ankara’s assist for Baku have an effect on the battle?

Throughout the 44-day battle, Erdogan dispatched to Azerbaijan 80 Turkish navy specialists who piloted your entire battle, 1,200 Turkish elite troopers specializing in mountain warfare and a pair of,000 Syrian jihadists, back-ups to the Turkish military. Erdogan additionally closely armed Azerbaijan. The Turkish president has made the battle in opposition to Armenia his battle. Baku has over-armed itself over the previous 20 years. We discuss in regards to the acquisition of two to three billion items of apparatus yearly, together with an industrial amount of kamikaze drones, phosphorus bombs and cluster munitions. The bloodbath of Armenians continues in 2022. We should react.

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