The French Senate adopts a resolution complicating negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh

21 November, 2022
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The French Senate adopts a resolution complicating negotiations on Nagorno-Karabakh

The French Senate adopted a resolution calling for sanctions against Azerbaijan and endorsing France's recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.


The Senate took a different approach to the recent escalation between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces in September, calling on Azerbaijani units to leave what it called "Armenian territory," despite the fact that the border has not been demarcated due to 30 years of Armenian occupation.


It called on the French government to "impose sanctions on Azerbaijan, to consider establishing a humanitarian office in Nagorno-Karabakh," and to immediately demand the deployment of an international peacekeeping force "to ensure the security of the Armenian population and Armenia."


The resolution, which was adopted unanimously, does not oblige the French government to implement it, but for various reasons it complicates peace negotiations between the two republics of the South Caucasus and the prospects for reconciliation between their peoples.


A few days ago, the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the decision of the French Senate to accept the "proposal to impose sanctions" on Baku, saying that it "undermines the process of normalizing relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia."


"The decision clearly reveals the unilateral political position of France, which declared its intention to contribute to the peace process," the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.


The statement added, "The French Senate's decision is far from the facts, and is an outright provocation that contributes to undermining the process of normalizing relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia."


It pointed out that "the allegations contained in the resolution are exaggerated, and that those in charge of preparing it are not aware of the historical facts and the current situation in the region."


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