French Institute for International Relations (IFRI) hosted a conference titled "The Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: Position of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh," the Azerbaijani embassy in France told Trend on Tuesday.
The event was organized at the embassy's initiative and support. It was dedicated to the 19th anniversary of Shusha's occupation by Armenian Armed Forces. The event aimed at bringing the Azerbaijani position to the academic and political circles of France.
Native of Shusha and Budapest Central European University's student Tabib Huseynov spoke at the event, attended by local and foreign political scientists, researchers, representatives of the Foreign Ministry, the French Parliament and the diplomatic corps accredited in Paris. He informed the participants about a difficult situation around settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict due to Armenia's destructive position during negotiations; he spoke about challenges that the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh face, problems before the settlement process and mentioned ways to address these issues.
Following his speech, Huseynov answered numerous questions from the audience, including representatives of the Armenian diaspora in France.
Azerbaijani Ambassador to France Elchin Amirbekov expressed his gratitude to the IFRI leadership for being open to cooperation.
He stressed that the provision of the platform for the representatives of the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh, which, according to the mandate of the OSCE Minsk Conference is one of the parties interested in the conflict, is a serious blow to attempts by Armenian authorities and the diaspora to mislead the international, and particularly the French, public. They deliberately distort facts, nature, history and the current state of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. The conflict resolution is impossible without the fundamental interests of the 65,000-Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh region and without a safe, full and unhindered returning of Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs to their homes in Shusha and other Azerbaijani villages of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Deputy Director of the Institute Philippe Moreau-Defarge expressed his deep gratitude to Azerbaijan for the well made presentation and detailed answers. He expressed hope that such communication with the Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh will be continued.