Azerbaijani MFA: We call on French side to put end to inciting and provocative ideas

Azerbaijani MFA: We call on French side to put end to inciting and provocative ideas
# 29 August 2023 16:50 (UTC +04:00)

Minister of Foreign Affairs of France, Catherine Colonna's statements which do not serve peace and stability in the region and show a one-sided pro-Armenian position, are unacceptable, Aykhan Hajizada, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan said while responding to the remarks expressed by Catherine Colonna during her speech at the ambassadorial conference, APA reports.

In his response to the question "Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France, Catherine Colonna, during her speech at the Ambassadorial Conference, said that “efforts are being mobilized to provide the Nagorno-Karabakh population with the opportunity to live there, as well as to respect their rights, culture and history” and “the suppression strategy to incite the exodus of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh is illegal and immoral.” How would you comment on these claims??" Aykhan Hajizada said: "Turning a blind eye to the facts such as Armenia’s occupation of Azerbaijani lands for almost 30 years, Armenia’s policy of ethnic cleansing against Azerbaijanis, acts of genocide and mass killings, transformation of nearly 1 million Azerbaijanis into refugees and IDPs and the trampling of their rights, the destruction and looting of Azerbaijani cities and villages, destruction of Azerbaijan’s cultural and historical monuments, and after the 2020-war failure to stop the political-military provocations carried out by Armenia, and non-withdrawal of its armed forces from the territories of Azerbaijan are examples of an illegal and immoral approach."

"The Republic of Azerbaijan, within the framework of the national legislation, makes efforts to reintegrate Armenian residents living in the Karabakh region into the political, social, and economic spheres of our country, and it is completely erroneous to obstruct these efforts and to make claims about a policy being carried out to expel Armenian residents from the region.

Once again, we call on the French side to put an end to such inflammatory and provocative statements," Aykhan Hajizada said.

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