Resolution adopted by French Senate is of no significance, says Nathalie Goulet

  26 November 2020    Read: 683
 Resolution adopted by French Senate is of no significance, says Nathalie Goulet

I do not accept the proposal of the resolution to recognize the so-called republic in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan, said French Senate member Nathalie Goulet. 

"This proposal is not clear from a historical, political and diplomatic point of view. I think this is only for the satisfaction of the Armenian lobby and does not matter", Nathalie Goulet stated.

French Senator also stressed that the position of France on the Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, should be neutral instead of supporting Armenia. She called the resolution "unacceptable" expressing her surprise that the resolution on Azerbaijan also includes attacks on Turkey.

"This unfair resolution will not have any results. France will not recognize a non-existent 'republic'. Even Armenia itself has not recognized this so-called 'republic'", Goulet noted.

She also indicated the additional reasons for the adoption of the resolution focusing on some French senators who are reliant on Armenian voters.

"Most of the senators who voted in favour of the resolution cannot show Karabakh on a map because they do not know where it is. The UNSC resolutions demanded the Armenian Armed Forces to leave the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, but no one moved. Politicians who have been indifferent to the 30-year-old conflict seem to have "woken up" after a peace deal was reached", she added.

On November 18, at the Presidium of the French Senate, a group of senators influenced by the Armenian diaspora presented a draft resolution No. 145 "On the need to recognize the "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic", which was discussed and adopted on November 25.

The resolution came forward following Azerbaijan successfully liberating its territories previously occupied by Armenian Armed Forces.

Following over a month of military action to liberate its territories from Armenian occupation, Azerbaijan has pushed Armenia to sign the surrender document. A joint statement on the matter was made by Azerbaijani president, Armenia's PM and the president of Russia.

A complete ceasefire and a cessation of all hostilities in the zone of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is introduced at 00:00 hours (Moscow time) on November 10.

Under the agreement, a total of 1,960 Russian peacekeepers were deployed in Nagorno-Karabakh under a five-year mandate.

According to the agreement, on November 25, Armenia handed over the Kelbajar region which lies to the northwest of Nagorno-Karabakh, to Azerbaijan. On November 20, the Aghdam region was handed over to Azerbaijan. 

Finally, on 1 December, Armenia will hand over the Lachin District, over which the Lachin pass connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia passes.


Leyla Jabbarzade

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