Şentop participated in the live broadcast of NTV, evaluated the 27th Term , 4th Legislative Year of the Grand National Assembly which will start tomorrow, and answered questions on the agenda.
Reminding Armenian claims that some jihadist groups have been sent to the war zone by Turkey, Şentop noted that Armenia put forward similar speculative allegations since the first days of conflict. Şentop said, "It is probably doing this to reveal an anti-Azerbaijan picture, to create a public opinion, by touching the nerve endings of the countries in the region and the world public opinion in general. This is an inappropriate approach for a state. Actually, it is a lie and slander. It turns out that these are lies and slander clearly. " Emphasizing that Azerbaijan is a powerful country in terms of military and economy and therefore does not need special support in the ongoing operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Speaker Şentop underlined that “the situation in which Armenia occupied Azerbaijani territories with the support of other countries in the early 1990s was a picture that emerged by taking advantage of the weaknesses of Azerbaijan, Armenia and then the Soviet states that were on the way to gain their independence. But now there is no Azerbaijan of the 1990s in the face of Armenia. Azerbaijan is a country that is strong both economically and militarily and has made the necessary preparations and supplies. In this regard, including operations in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan does not need the support of another country including Turkey. If there is a separate issue, but it is not. Azerbaijan has the power and will to do these things without needing help."
Şentop said that the relationship between Turkey and Azerbaijan is very special and such a situation was not found between any two other states in the world.
Stating that they act with the principle of "one nation-two states", Şentop noted that this is not just a slogan, but that this principle has a counterpart in the field and in all kinds of relations.
Pointing out that Turkey supports Azerbaijan's thesis with great determination until today Şentop reported that this support will continue from now on.
Şentop pointed out that Armenia is an invader both in Nagorno-Karabakh and in Azerbaijani territories and that it is accepted by international organizations, especially the UN, and continued his words as follows:
“Other countries also accept that the area in which Armenia operates is an Azerbaijani territory. There are also some international efforts to withdraw Armenia from these occupied territories. Here are the work of the Minsk Group, which has been going on for more than 30 years, and the work of the trio led by America, Russia and France. However, the failure to solve such an open problem for 30 years should not be understood as the failure of the studies. In my opinion, some countries want the problems not to be solved and the problems to continue to exist in some countries, especially in the Caucasus, in the Middle East and in many important strategic places of the World. In order to develop instability by scratching these problems and bleeding these wounds when needed, the problems in these regions should continue in their opinion. In this respect, I think that these efforts are not carried out with diligence and in good faith, on the contrary, they are malicious, they do not intend to solve the problems, but to freeze and preserve the problems."
Stating that Azerbaijan has shown great patience and mature behavior for the attacks of Armenia for 30 years, Şentop said, "Armenia should leave the territories it occupies immediately, unconditionally and without reservation, in a way that respects international law and the sovereign rights of Azerbaijan on its own territory. I state very clearly again that Turkey supports Azerbajian both in terms of special Turkey-Azerbaijan relations and as being a country that defends its just rights.
Referring also to the harassment and threats being shared on social media against the Armenian citizens living in Turkey , Şentop said:
"Social media is an era where there is not any measure, criteria or policy. The opinions put forward, or even we cannot even say opinion to some of them, cursing statements and beliefs do not reflect the reality in Turkey. I think some part of those are pathological problems ,it is a reflection of mental illness. We should not respect social media hence. But in Turkey I think those are individual events. We all know that our Armenian citizens living in Turkey have nothing to do with these developments and incidents. We also have friends among them and we meet them. We see that they take an attidute against Armenia’s move for Azerbaijan, take a stand against it and they express their opinion.
Describing the work of the Assembly which will start tomorrow and the measures taken against coronavirus, Şentop noted that they are faced with a situation similar to the date the Assembly was closed, and that they have become more experienced compared to those days.
Regarding the measures taken in the Assembly, Şentop said, "We have taken some measures in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey since March. Perhaps the most important and effective of these were the measures to limit the visitors entrance to the Assembly. Now we think that it will be correct to implement that measure in a slightly controlled manner. Because the average number of visitors before the outbreak was between 8 and 10 thousand. On Tuesdays when there are the Group meetings this number could exceed 20 thousand.
Şentop stated tha15 deputies tested positive for coronavirus and that all of them recovered.
Since March, 276 staff in the Parliament tested positive, 41 of them received treatment at their homes, others recovered and there were no hospitalized personnel.
Reminding that a young employee has passed away, Şentop said that new decisions can be taken if necessary according to the recommendations of the Scientific Committee.