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Azerbaijani ministry: French Senate resolution on Karabakh - provocation

08:48, 26 November 2020
Azerbaijani ministry: French Senate resolution on Karabakh - provocation Photo: Maksim Blinov/RIA Novosti

The resolution adopted by the French senators on Nov. 25 recognizing the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh is nothing more than a provocation, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said, commenting on the decision by the French parliament, TASS reports.

The adoption of a completely biased resolution by the Senate can only be considered as a provocation. It seems that French Armenians widely use the issue of the conflict for election purposes, reads the statement.

The resolution adopted by the Senate has no legal force, the ministry added.

Nevertheless, given the political significance of the resolution, the imposition of such a resolution by a country with a mediating mandate seriously casts doubt on the country’s neutrality. It also undermines France’s reputation as a fair mediator in the Azerbaijani society. Instead of adopting biased resolutions, engagement of the French Senate in activities that serve peace, stability, and progress in the region would respond to the interests of France and lead to the sustainable development of the region, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry noted.

A document calling on the French government to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh was supported by 305 French senators out of 306 participants in the meeting. As the experts explained, the resolution is advisory and non-binding.

On the night of November 10, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia, Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev, and Nikol Pashinyan, adopted a joint statement on the conditions ending the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Under the terms of the agreement, the armies of Armenia and Azerbaijan remained in their places. Russia deployed peacekeepers to the region to monitor the ceasefire.

NEWS.ru reported earlier that Ilham Aliyev said Kalbajar region was handed over to Azerbaijan.