ANCA welcomes the recognition by the French Senate of the independence of Artsakh
WASHINGTON DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) today welcomed French Senate vote 305-1 recognizing the independence of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh), calling on the US administration and congressional leaders to take similar measures, as part of an effort to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region.
“We welcome the overwhelming recognition of Artsakh by the French Senate and encourage the United States – as the co-chair country of the OSCE Minsk Group – to join in the recognition of Artsakh’s status in as a free and independent republic, ”said ANCA executive director Aram Hamparian.
“Aliyev’s Azerbaijan – guilty of weeks of relentless war crimes against the citizens of Artsakh – has no legal, political or moral status to oppose international recognition of Artsakh’s independence , an essential element of recovery efforts aimed at ensuring the safety of its people at risk. population.”
Hamparian spoke on Facebook Live and encouraged Artsakh supporters urge President Trump, President-elect Biden, senators and members of the House to recognize Artsakh.
Calls from the US Congress for Artsakh recognition escalated in October, following the brutal 45-day attack by Turkey and Azerbaijan on Armenia and Artsakh that ended by a disastrous ceasefire agreement on November 9, forcing more than 100,000 people from their homes and the return of lands that served as a buffer against Aliyev’s aggression.
Armenian Congressional Caucus co-chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and a bipartisan group of over 40 US House members are at the forefront of legislation (H. Res. 1203) calling for international recognition of the Republic of Artsakh as the basis for lasting peace in the Caucasus region. The resolution – which enjoys strong support from the ANCA – also condemns the ongoing attacks by Azerbaijan and Turkey against Armenia and the Republic of Artsakh, calls for aid to be zeroed military in Azerbaijan, calls for Artsakh’s direct participation in the ongoing OSCE-mediated peace talks, and, more broadly, urges the relaxation of travel and communication restrictions between states. United and the Republic of Artsakh. A resolution (H. Res. 1165), led by Armenian Caucus co-chair Jackie Speier (D-CA), which condemns Azerbaijan and Turkey’s aggression against Armenia and Artsakh has more than 100 cosponsors.
In the Senate, Bob Menendez (D-NJ), member of the Foreign Relations Committee, presented two measures (S.Res.754 and S.Res.755) which focus on the repression of Turkey and Azerbaijan at home and aggression abroad, and, when adopted, would block the sale of US military equipment to the Aliyev and Erdogan regimes.
The files of members of the Senate and the House on support for Artsakh since the Azerbaijani and Turkish attacks of September 27 are available at http://anca.org/mystate.
The French Senate, the first international federal body to request the recognition of Artsakh
French senators Bruno Retailleau (LR), Hervé Marseille (centrist), Patrick Kanner (PS), Eliane Assassi (majority communist CRCE) and Guillaume Gontard (environmentalist) today led the adoption of the resolution recognizing the Artsakh, which received the support of five of the eight political parties represented in the upper house. Two hours of debate included remarks from a dozen Senate members, who touted the importance of Artsakh recognition in addition to condemning Azerbaijan and Turkey’s attacks on Artsakh, calling to a high level of French humanitarian aid to help people displaced by Aliyev’s attacks, urging an investigation into war crimes committed against the population of Artsakh and the use of illegal ammunition, and sanctioning Turkey. The resolution also calls for the expansion of French participation within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group to negotiate a lasting peace for Artsakh that respects the borders of the 1994 ceasefire, ensures the safety of the populations. Armenians and the right of return of displaced persons, as well as the preservation of Armenian cultural and religious heritage.
Representing the government, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs, warned senators against the ramifications of France’s recognition of Artsakh, saying that France, a country co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk group, could lose its objectivity in the ongoing negotiation process. He also cited the fact that Armenia did not recognize Artsakh.
The ANC of France hailed the unprecedented action of the French Senate.
“This is a historic vote for international efforts for the recognition of Artsakh,” said Jules Boyadjian, president of the Committee for the Defense of the Armenian Cause (ANC of France).
“Thanks to the Senate, France has regained some of its honor, wasted for six weeks because of its penal neutrality. The government, more isolated than ever, must listen to the representatives of the nation, put an end to empty rhetoric, pull itself together and take the lead in the fight for the recognition of Artsakh, the only guarantee of lasting peace in Nagorno-Karabakh ” Boyadjian added.
A law on the recognition of Artsakh has also been presented to the French National Assembly and is expected to be discussed on December 3.