France doesn’t recognize illegal regime in Nagorno-Karabakh – Foreign Ministry
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 23
France’s position is clear, the country doesn’t recognize the illegal regime in Nagorno-Karabakh, French Foreign Ministry represented by the country’s Embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend.
The French government is not obliged to comply with the “charter” signed by the country’s Alfortville municipality, the ministry said.
Earlier, a “friendship charter” was signed between France’s Alfortville municipality and Armenia-occupied Lachin district of Azerbaijan.
Mayor of Alfortville municipality, MPs, municipality members, ambassador of Armenia to Paris, a “permanent representative” of Nagorno-Karabakh separatists Hovhannes Gevorgian and “mayor” of Lachin district Artyom Saribekyan attended the event.
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 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.