France openly pursuing pro-Armenian policy - top Azerbaijani official (UPDATE)
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 11
France is openly pursuing the pro-Armenian policy, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmat Hajiyev said, Trend reports on Nov. 11.
“The officials of France, contrary to its mandate as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, are voicing the unilateral, biased appeals,” assistant to the president said. “Despite the fact that France, in accordance with its mandate, must act as a neutral party, it openly pursues the pro-Armenian policy and voices completely unfounded accusations against Azerbaijan.”
“France did not play any role in the adoption of the joint declaration of the presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia, and the prime minister of Armenia,” Hajiyev said. “Apparently, France is showing jealousy over Russia's role in this issue. The signing of this document by the prime minister of Armenia tells its own tale.”
“France is trying to be more Armenian than the Armenians themselves,” assistant to the president said. “France does not have the authority to speak on behalf of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs."