The French Senate

French Senate Votes to Recognize Artsakh Independence


PARIS (Armradio, French Senate, AP) –The French Senate voted 305 to 1 on November 25 to adopt a resolution calling for recognition of the Republic of Artsakh by France. The resolution was authored by Senators Bruno Retailleau, Patrick Kanner, Hervé Marseille, Éliane Assassi and Guillaume Gontard. The voting was preceded by nearly two hours of debate.

The resolution condemns the military aggression of Azerbaijan against the people of Nagorno Karabakh, emphasizing that Azerbaijan has been supported by the Turkish authorities, i.e. through the involvement of jihadist mercenaries, and calls for the immediate withdrawal of the Azerbaijani armed forces from the territories occupied after September 27, 2020.

The French Senate also:

-calls for providing massive humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Nagorno Karabakh
-calls for conducting an international investigation into the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan in particular against the civilian population of Nagorno Karabakh including the use of weapons prohibited by the international law
-calls for an appropriate and firm response to Turkey for its role in this conflict
-calls for action from the French Government to do everything in its power to ensure that negotiations for a lasting resolution of the conflict resume under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group

-emphasizes that the negotiations should address the restoration of the borders defined in 1994 as well as the security of the Armenian populations and the right of return of displaced persons and the preservation of Armenian cultural and religious heritage.The resolution underlines that the security and freedom of the Armenian populations of Artsakh are not guaranteed under Azerbaijani control, which is attested in the reports of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance of the Council of Europe (ECRI) and of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

The Senate recalled the Armenian massacres of Sumgait, Kirovabad, Baku and Maragha, systematically organized by the Azerbaijani authorities.

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The resolution of the French Senate also states that the Turkish military support provided to Azerbaijan is at the origin of the war unleashed on September 27 by Azerbaijan. It denounces the deployment of jihadist mercenary groups from Syria by Azerbaijan and Turkey.

The French vote was welcomed by both the Artsakh Foreign Ministry and Armenia’s Prime Minister Pashinyan.

On the other hand, Azerbaijani presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev denounced it on November 26 as a “piece of paper adopted to serve narrow political ambitions,” and said that France’s “open pro-Armenian position…has become one of the main factors hindering the peaceful resolution of the conflict.”

The Azerbaijani parliament in a November 25 statement denounced the resolution as a “provocation.” The next day, the parliament urged the Azerbaijani government to reach out to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in order to revoke France’s mandate as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group designated to mediate the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

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