Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 21
By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:
Azerbaijani Embassy in France expressed discontent to this country's government.
The reason for the embassy's discontent was the signing of a friendship agreement between the French city of Bouc-Bel-Air and the Azerbaijani city of Khankendi occupied by Armenia, the acting head of the press service of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, Hikmet Hajiyev told Trend Nov. 21.
He said France is a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group and recognizes the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan, but unfortunately, some circles of this country, under the influence of the large Armenian diaspora, are trying to harm these relations.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.
As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations.
Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.
Edited by S.I.