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 Saturday, November 21 2020 14:41
Alina Hovhannisyan

City Council of Saint-Etienne calls on French government to recognize  independence of Artsakh Republic

City Council of Saint-Etienne calls on French government to recognize  independence of Artsakh Republic

ArmInfo.  The City Council  of Saint-Etienne (France) calls on the government of the country to  recognize the independence of the Republic of Artsakh, and to  establish diplomatic relations with the authorities of the latter.  The Embassy of Armenia in France reports this, referring to the  statement of the City Council.

, the source says. The  international recognition of the Republic of Artsakh, according to  the report, will ensure the territorial integrity of Artsakh, and  effectively protect the population, which has the right, like the  people of Azerbaijan, to a peaceful life and search for better ways  of development.

"Since September, we have witnessed the resumption of the Karabakh  conflict in the Caucasus, in which the Azerbaijani army attacked the  Armenian people. The status quo resulting from the end of the  conflict has never been conducive to a stable political solution, as  the Minsk Group countries, including France, did not seem to be so  interested in finding a solution acceptable to all parties. The time  has come to admit that the Minsk Group has largely failed to fulfill  the mission entrusted to it, "the statement reads.

According to representatives of the city authorities, the ceasefire  on November 9 does not mean the end of the conflict, and the  deployment of Russian troops cannot serve as a political solution.  Meanwhile, as noted in the statement, this allows Moscow to take a  strong and stable position in this strategically important region.

"France should be able to play a significant role in the search for a  political, peaceful and, in particular, a long-term solution, based  on historical ties with Armenia.

Together with all EU countries, France must also demand that all UN  resolutions be respected and that international troops be deployed  instead of the Russian army, as well as demand the immediate  withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from the forcibly seized  territories. In addition, France and the international community must  demand humanitarian corridors designed to provide the civilian  population with essential non-military goods, "the statement said.

It is reported that the City Council of Saint-Etienne also decided to  allocate 30 thousand euros to the Armenian Fund of France in order to  meet the needs of the civilian population of Artsakh.


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