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23 October, Friday

PKK is preparing for being present in Karabakh conflict

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Armenian military is conducting negotiations with the PKK terrorist organization under the supervision and mediation of France, Caucasus watch reports. 

Following the increased tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the Turkish newspaper Cümhuriyyet wrote that the so-called “special forces” of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) were sent to Nagorno-Karabakh, where they would conduct exercises with the Armenian military forces. “The PKK is preparing for a new attack in Karabakh, while about 250 Armenian soldiers were sent to Syria to join the PYD/YPG terrorists,” the article claimed. The article also emphasised that the Armenian military is conducting negotiations with the PKK under the supervision and mediation of France. 

Speaking on the publication of Cümhuriyyet to Vestnikkavkaza, the military observer Pavel Felgenhauer noted that one should expect that the transfer of Kurds to Karabakh will cause a negative reaction from Azerbaijan and Turkey, like any other attempts to change the ethnic composition in Nagorno-Karabakh. “The movement of any people to Karabakh will be perceived badly by both Azerbaijan and Turkey. It should be noted that a large mass of people will hardly want to settle in Karabakh, since it is not easy to live there,” he said.

“In general, groups of militants who fought in Syria for many years will now pose a threat to the entire macro-region, ready to participate in any conflicts for money. A lot of militants have accumulated there, especially foreign ones, including within the [refugee] camps… from areas controlled by the Assad government. Some have already escaped from Syria to neighbouring countries, there are those who remain on Syrian territory, in particular, in Idlib, these people in the future will represent a… serious problem,” he added. 

To note, on 14 September, Azerbaijan publicly addressed the OSCE on the issue of the settlement of Lebanese Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group spoke separately by phone with Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan. The Co-Chairs invited the ministers to meet individually with them in person in the coming weeks to further clarify their respective positions, with the aim of resuming serious substantive negotiations without preconditions.

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