Azerbaijan, Baku / corr. Trend S.Agayeva / "I hope that the new Parliament of France will not adopt the law penalizing denial of the so-called 'Armenian genocide'," said the Head Advisor of the Ambassador of France, Syivain Guiaugue.
According to the diplomat, formerly the Low Chamber of the French Parliament, the National Assembly approved the draft law penalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide even though it was committed in the Ottoman Empire in 1915-1917. The ex-President of France, Jacque Chirac and Senate protested against the adoption of such a law, saying that it may bring harm upon the relations with Turkey.
Guiaugue expressed that the new Parliament of France faces more significant goals and targets, including the strengthening of the bilateral relations, improvement of the legislation, etc.
Touching upon the future policy of the new French President, Nokolai Sarkozi, with regards to Azerbaijan, the diplomat stated that "the attitude of France towards Baku will remain the same and I hope that they will be successive". "We expect the expansion of the co-operation with Azerbaijan in many spheres after the formation of the new Government of France," According to Guiaugue, it is planned to organize mutual visits from the senior officials of the two countries.
In relation to the question on the supposed official visit of the French President, Nokolai Sarkozi, to Azerbaijan, the advisor said that currently this issue is not being discussed. "Nokolai Sarkozi has recently begun his activities and the first communication of the Presidents of Azerbaijan and France is to be expected. Till then, it will be impossible to speak of the visit," he said. In regards to the position of the new French President to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the diplomat said that France will continue its efforts to settle the conflict.
According to Guiaugue, the French Co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group informed the new French President of the history and settlement process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "Our position is that the co-chairs are only mediators, but settling the conflict depends on the sides themselves," the diplomat underlined.