The parliamentary delegation of Azerbaijan arrived in occupied Northern Cyprus to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the landing of Turkish troops in their invasion of Cyprus that led to 200,000 refugees, thousands of people killed and hundreds of women raped.
Receiving the delegation of the Committee on International Affairs and Interparliamentary Relations of the Milli Mejlis of Azerbaijan headed by Samed Seyidov, a leader of the Turkish-speaking community, Ersan Saner, expressed confidence that Azerbaijan would recognise the so-called “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.”
The delegation included Azerbaijani deputies Asim Mollazade, Erkin Gadirli, Nigar Arpadarai, and Nasib Mahamaliyev.
Seyidov said that they would defend the rights and justice of Northern Cyprus in the Council of Europe and stressed that there is no government or opposition in the Cyprus issue in Azerbaijan.
“This is our land. In the Turkic world there is Turkey, in the Turkic world there is Azerbaijan, in the Turkic world there is Northern Cyprus,” he said.
Seyidov stated that the visit to occupied Cyprus was scheduled on July 16-19, but when they were informed that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan would arrive on the island on July 20, they decided to extend their visit.
He noted that the political delegation from Azerbaijan arrived in Northern Cyprus “for the first time”, but the visits will continue.
The official said, “We want Northern Cyprus to be strong. The Turkish world will rise. For this, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Northern Cyprus must be together.”
It is recalled that last week the Greek Ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikos Piperigos joined a propaganda tour for over 40 diplomats organised by the Azerbaijani regime to recently captured areas of historically-demographically Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh.
It is recalled that only last year during the ceremony of handing over the Ambassador’s credentials, Azerbaijani dictator Ilham Aliyev said:
“I can tell you, and it is no secret, that Turkey is not only our friend and partner, but also a brotherly country for us. Without any hesitation whatsoever, we support Turkey and will support it under any circumstances. We support them [Turkey] in all issues, including the issue in the Eastern Mediterranean.”
Yet, despite Ambassador Piperigos being told blatantly by the Azerbaijani dictator that his country will blindly support Turkey in their attempts to steal Greek maritime rights in the Eastern Mediterranean, he still joined the propaganda tour on the weekend.
The Turkish-sponsored invasion of Nagorno-Karabakh led to horrific war crimes such as beheadings, the use of white phosphorus and the deliberate targeting of churches – even double-tap attacks against journalists.