Azerbaijani parliament on Thursday slammed a resolution by the French Senate urging the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh as “a republic”.
“This step of the French Senate does not fit into the commitments undertaken by France within the global strategy on the EU foreign and security policy, including documents on the territorial integrity of countries consistently adopted since 2016 by the EU Council,” the parliament said in a statement.
The statement stressed that such a republic has not been recognized by any country.
“The implementation of the provisions of this resolution has the potential to make a crushing blow to the EU and its Eastern Partnership program,” it added.
The parliament underlined that one of the main reasons for the “unresolvedness” of the nearly three-decade long Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was that the states that played the role of international mediator in peace negotiations, in particular France, “didn’t call the aggressor [by] their name, didn’t differentiate between the occupier and the occupied.”
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group — co-chaired by France, Russia and the US — was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, but to no avail.
The statement also highlighted that Azerbaijan during the 44-day war — which started with another Armenian provocation against Azerbaijan — used its right to self-defense in accordance with paragraph 51 of the UN Charter.
“In the resolution of the French Senate there is no evidence that the Turkish Armed Forces participated in the counter-offensive operation by Azerbaijan and that mercenaries from some conflictive regions of the Middle East were used against Armenia, unfounded and falsified allegations were made about the commission of war crimes against civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh, however, no facts are given for these statements,” it said.
It noted that on the other hand, there are “irrefutable facts that chauvinist, racist and terrorist groups of mercenaries” from foreign countries, including France, were used against Azerbaijan, which were brought into the war zone by Armenia, committing “grave war crimes” against civilians, and civilian facilities in the settlements located far from the war zone.
The parliament recalled that during the war against Azerbaijan earlier in 1992-1994, the Armenian Armed Forces committed a number of “massacres” against peaceful people of Azerbaijan, including the Khojaly genocide.
On Feb. 26, 1992, during a two-hour Armenian offensive, 613 Azerbaijanis were killed, including 106 women, 63 children and 70 elderly people, and 487 others were critically injured, according to Azerbaijan’s official figures.
“Considering itself an ‘example’ for respect to human rights and democratic values, France chose to remain silent in face of these crimes against peaceful Azerbaijanis,” it said.
The top legislative body also reminded France that during the “colonial policy,” the French Armed Forces “massacred hundreds of thousands of civilians for ethnic and religious affiliation.”
“The crimes of genocide committed are an indelible dark mark in the political history of France,” it added.
The National Assembly went on to say that a Russia-brokered trilateral agreement signed by the presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia, and the prime minister of Armenia on Nov. 10, put an end to the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and the occupation of Azerbaijani lands, as well as opened the way for the further development of the South Caucasus region.
The peace deal “restored the superiority” of the norms and principles of international law, it said.
The parliament stressed that all international organizations and states, including France, “must accept new realities” in the South Caucasus region, which are supported by Russia and Turkey, adding that they are also accepted by Armenia.
The parliament appealed to the Azerbaijani government to appeal to the OSCE leadership for the withdrawal of France from the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group, which, “by its position and appeals of the last days, casts doubt on its [impartiality].”
It also appealed to “reconsider” the political relations existing between Baku and Paris, and to “deeply analyze” the economic relations existing between Azerbaijan and France, and “take the necessary measures.”
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