French Senate passes resolution calling for recognition of Artsakh – Public Radio of Armenia

The French Senate voted 305 to 1 to adopt a resolution calling for the recognition of the Republics of Artsakh by France.

The resolution was drafted by senators Bruno Retailleau, Patrick Kanner, Hervé Marseille, Éliane Assassi, Guillaume Gontard.

The vote was preceded by almost two hours of debate.

The resolution condemns the military aggression of Azerbaijan against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, stressing that Azerbaijan has been supported by the Turkish authorities among other things through the involvement of jihadist mercenaries and calls for the immediate withdrawal of the Azerbaijani armed forces from the territories occupied after September 27, 2020.

The French Senators also have:

  • calls for the provision of massive humanitarian aid to the civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh
  • calls for an international investigation into the war crimes committed by Azerbaijan, in particular against the civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, including the use of weapons prohibited by international law
  • demands an appropriate and firm response from Turkey for its role in this conflict
  • calls on the French government to do everything possible to ensure that negotiations for a lasting settlement of the conflict resume under the aegis of the OSCE Minsk Group
  • stresses that the negotiations should focus on the restoration of the borders defined in 1994 as well as on the security of the Armenian populations and the right of return of the displaced persons and the preservation of the Armenian cultural and religious heritage.

The resolution stresses that the security and freedom of the Armenian populations of Artsakh are not guaranteed under Azerbaijani control, which is among others attested in the reports of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance of the Council of Europe. (ECRI) and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

The Senate recalls the Armenian massacres of Sumgait, Kirovabad, in Baku and Maragha, systematically organized by the Azerbaijani authorities.

The resolution of the French Senate also specifies that the Turkish military support given to Azerbaijan is at the origin of the war started on September 27 by Azerbaijan.

He denounces the deployment of groups of jihadist mercenaries from Syria by Azerbaijan and Turkey.

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