Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan: President Erdogan

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Turkish President Erdogan told the world at the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) that Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan and no other status will ever be accepted.

Karabakh belongs to Azerbaijan: President Erdogan

Karabakh is a part of Azerbaijan, the opposite is unacceptable, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the United States of New York.

"As everyone now recognizes, Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan. The imposition of a status other than this will never be accepted. We support the steps taken by Azerbaijan to protect its territorial integrity," Erdogan said.

In addition, Erdogan stated that they aim for good neighborly relations with Armenia and support the negotiation process between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

"However, Armenia failed to utilize this historical opportunity. We expect it to fulfill its promises, especially the opening of the Zangezur Corridor. As everyone now recognizes, Karabakh is the territory of Azerbaijan. The imposition of a status other than this will never be accepted. We support the steps taken by Azerbaijan to protect its territorial integrity," the Turkish President said.

‘TRNC MUST BE RECOGNISED'

The Turkish president emphasized that Türkiye continues to support the world's recognition of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).

"The transformation of the Eastern Mediterranean into a geography where peace, prosperity, and stability prevail is only possible by respecting the rights and laws of all parties. The Turkish Cypriot side has always been making sincere efforts to find a just, lasting, and sustainable solution to the Cyprus issue," he added.

"It is a fact that everyone accepts that this solution can no longer be realized on the basis of the federation model. We invite the international community to recognize the independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and to establish diplomatic, political, and economic ties with this country. We also expect the United Nations Peacekeeping Force on the island to scrupulously observe the impartiality it is obliged to display," Erdogan emphasized.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks at the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

'PHILISTINE ISSUE MUST BE RESOLVED

Erdogan also underlined that the Palestinian issue, which has become one of the critical problems of the world, should be resolved as soon as possible.

"In order to bring lasting peace to the Middle East, the Palestinian-Israeli issue must be resolved. Without the realization of an independent and geographically integrated Palestinian state based on the 1967 borders, it is difficult for Israel to find the peace and security it seeks. In this context, we will continue to pursue the respect for the historic status of Jerusalem, in particular the Haram al-Sharif," he highlighted.

'ISLAMOPHOBIA SPREADS LIKE VIRUS'

The Turkish president stated that provocative acts supporting Islamophobia, such as burning the Holy Quran, which spread like a virus, especially in developed countries, have now reached intolerable levels.

"Hate speech, polarization, and discrimination to which innocent people are exposed leave no conscience untouched in all corners of the world. The mentality that encourages the abominable attacks against the Holy Quran in Europe by allowing them under the mask of freedom of expression is essentially darkening its own future with its own hand. I invite all our friends who do not accept attacks on the sacred, no matter which faith they belong to, to shoulder our struggle," he emphasized.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan talks at the 78th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

EU MUST FULFIL OBLIGATIONS

Erdogan also drew attention to the problems Türkiye faces in the European Union (EU) membership process.

"We expect the European Union to start fulfilling its obligations towards our country, which it has neglected for a long time. Particularly, the dualistic attitudes towards Türkiye must come to an end," he added.

33 MILLION TONNES OF GRAIN SHIPPED

Erdogan also emphasized that the Black Sea Initiative has prevented the global hunger crisis by enabling 33 million tonnes of grain products to be shipped to the world markets and that the United Nations is, unfortunately, moving away from the slogan of "zero hunger by 2030". He said that no one should feel safe if 735 million people are struggling with hunger in an age when the world has developed so much and prosperity has increased so much.

Source: Newsroom

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