Embassy: France to preserve neutrality with regards to Azerbaijan and Armenia
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.16 / Trend S.Agayeva /
France , as a mediator in the process of peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, attaches great importance to the preservation of neutrality with regards to Azerbaijan and Armenia, and any item of signed memorandum on military cooperation between France and Armenia does not cast doubt on this neutrality, the French Embassy in Azerbaijan reported
Defence ministers of Armenia and France inked a memorandum on military cooperation in Paris, Feb.10.
The paper approves subjects of cooperation between the defence ministries of two countries, embassy said
France offers Azerbaijan to sign the similar document, the report said
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented the U.N. Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh region and the occupied territories.