Back peace against Azerbaijan and Turkey aggression

The Communist Party of Britain has condemned
Azerbaijan’s ‘unprovoked attack’ on Nagorno-Karabakh,
its continuing assault on Armenia and the direct military
involvement of NATO member Turkey. At a meeting of
the party’s Political Committee on 7 October, the CP
backed the call from Armenia’s Communists for an
immediate ceasefire, a negotiated settlement involving
the UN and the avoidance of any ethno-sectarian
mobilisations.
In particular, Britain’s Communist Party condemns
the role of Turkey in providing hi-tech weaponry, air
power, regular forces and jihadi fighters as part of an
aggressive expansionist policy that has already seen
military involvement in Syria and Libya, conflict with
Greece and Cyprus and continuing attempts to seize the
oil and gas resources of the East Mediterranean. The CP
points out that this external aggression has been
combined with an abrogation of Turkey’s internal
democracy and the recent arrest of most opposition
MPs including all representatives of the People’s
Democratic Party (HDP).
‘Turkey’s action as a NATO member exposes the
hollowness of that organisation’s proclaimed objectives
of securing “lasting peace in Europe, based on common
values of individual liberty, democracy, human rights and
the rule of law”‘, declared CP international secretary
John Foster.
He also noted that much of Azerbaijan’s hi-tech
weaponry including military drones is supplied by Israel.
“We call on the British government to condemn
Turkey’s actions and use its membership of the UN
Security Council to demand an immediate cessation of
attacks on Armenia and a negotiated settlement of
disputed land”, John Foster urged.

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