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French Foreign Ministry refused to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh

The position of the French government on Nagorno-Karabakh remains unchanged, despite the almost unanimous resolution of the Senate.

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The French government does not and is not going to recognize the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.

This is stated in the communique of the French Foreign Ministry, which was handed out to journalists at a briefing on Thursday, November 26.

“On November 25 the Senate adopted a resolution calling for the recognition of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic by the French authorities. During the debate before the vote, Jean-Baptiste Lemoine, Secretary of State at the Foreign Ministry, recalled the position of the French government on this issue. France does not recognize the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, ”the statement says.

The French Senate supported the resolution on Nagorno-Karabakh on November 25. The senators called on the French government to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and make this recognition a “negotiating tool for establishing a lasting peace”, investigate war crimes, provide the region’s residents with humanitarian aid, and raise the issue of Turkey’s role in the military conflict with the EU states. The resolution was supported by 305 senators, one voted against. The document is advisory in nature.

The French Foreign Ministry criticized the Senate’s decision. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan stated that the resolution is a “historic decision”. In Baku, they called her “a piece of paper” and handed a note of protest to the French ambassador.

It should be noted that a large and influential Armenian diaspora lives in France.

The hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated on September 27. Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each other of offensive actions and rocket attacks on residential areas. Both states declared martial law, and Armenia also declared general mobilization.

Only the signing of the Azerbaijani-Armenian-Russian ceasefire declaration saved Armenia from a complete defeat in the second Nagorno-Karabakh war. According to the agreements, Azerbaijan will restore control over the Aghdam, Kelbajar, and Lachin regions during November-December.

But if for Yerevan this agreement is an opportunity to stay on the edge of the abyss, then why would Baku sign the document when complete victory seemed so close? Read about the consequences of the war in Vladimir Kravchenko’s article “The Price of Peace”.

© The Eastern Herald
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