Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 30
By Samir Ali – Trend:
The illegal visit of the heads of municipalities of France to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan casts a shadow on the Azerbaijani-French relations, the Member of the Parliament of Azerbaijan, secretary of the commission on international relations of the New Azerbaijan Party, doctor of political sciences, professor Elman Nasirov told Trend.
He noted that the visit in September-October of this year of the heads of municipalities of the French cities of Alfortville, Valence, Saint-Etienne and Arnouville to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, as well as the intense contacts of the former French MP Francois Rochebloine, who has been a tool in the hands of the Armenian lobby for 30 years, are a disrespect for and a flagrant violation of international norms and principles, important requirements of Azerbaijani legislation, and international obligations assumed by France.
Nasirov said these steps in general mean propaganda and encouragement not only of extremism and terrorism, but also of separatism, in this particular case - in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh.
"These illegal actions, as well as the signing in Shusha and Lachin, which are the historical centers of Karabakh, of the "Charter of Friendship" by the French mayors with representatives of the separatist regime, ultimately cast a shadow on both past and present and future friendship and partnership between Azerbaijan and France," Nasirov said.
The Azerbaijani MP said that Azerbaijan is interested in expanding mutually beneficial cooperation with France, but, unfortunately, some political circles of France ignored the interests of the country and preferred to adhere to the position of protecting the small and narrow interests of Armenians.
The Azerbaijani MP added that the behavior of these so-called politicians, dancing to the tune of the 500-thousand strong Armenian diaspora and lobby, undoubtedly contradicts the mediation mission of France in settling the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
"Impartiality and objectivity are the main philosophy of the institution of mediation. In the current situation, the repeated illegal visits to the occupied territories of Azerbaijan by French officials should be regarded as disrespect for international obligations assumed by official Paris to resolve the conflict, and as fulfillment of its mission in a biased and non-objective form," Nasirov said.
Nasirov added that the French state and its leadership, proceeding from their large national interests, as well as from the point of view of global security, must demonstrate integrity and decisiveness with respect to such provocative actions as supporting and encouraging the separatism.
“All countries of the world should coordinate their activities against separatism. The struggle should be conducted on the basis of the “everywhere and always” principle. The classification of the separatists into “bad” and “good” separatists is unacceptable. Otherwise, it is inevitable that in a global confrontation, the uncivilized world, which rests on separatism and terrorism, will prevail over the civilized one," the Azerbaijani MP added.
Nasirov said France not only should not allow for implementation of the actions in support of the separatism in Nagorno-Karabakh, but first of all, should demand that Armenia would put an end to the aggressive policy and should take legal, practical and organizational steps in this direction.