After Azerbaijan’s victory in Karabakh, the 30-year occupation ended and the way was opened for the official recognition of the TRNC. Earlier, Azerbaijan tried to officially recognize the TRNC, but these efforts were threatened by the European Union’s warning of “We can also recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.” Steps are expected to be taken to recognize the TRNC immediately after Armenia’s withdrawal from the occupied Azerbaijani lands and the return of Karabakh to Azerbaijan. TRNC President Ersin Tatar is also scheduled to pay a “recognition” visit to Pakistan and Libya, as well as Azerbaijan, with the support of Ankara.
Speaking on TRNC’s BRT1 State Television, Ahmad Shahidov, head of the Azerbaijan Institute for Democracy and Human Rights, noted that the so-called “Nagorno-Karabakh Republic” no longer exists under the November 10 agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia: “Azerbaijan has liberated its lands from occupation. After the completion of this process, official relations between Azerbaijan and the TRNC can begin in the first months of 2021.”