Ambassador: Emmanuel Macron to make every effort for peaceful settlement of Karabakh conflict
- 02 June 2017
France’s new president Emmanuel Macron will make every effort for a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, French Ambassador to Azerbaijan Aurélia Bouchez told a press conference on Friday, APA reported.
Bouchez noted that President Macron realizes the importance of rich bilateral relations between France and Azerbaijan.
She added that the French president is informed about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“He will make every effort for a peaceful settlement of the conflict. As usual, the new French president’s position will be aimed precisely at a peaceful settlement of the conflict. I would like to emphasize the role of the OSCE Minsk Group in this regard. The main task is to find a peaceful solution to the problem,” the ambassador said.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict entered its modern phase when the Armenian SRR made territorial claims against the Azerbaijani SSR in 1988.
A fierce war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan. As a result of the war, Armenian armed forces occupied some 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory which includes Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent districts (Lachin, Kalbajar, Aghdam, Fuzuli, Jabrayil, Gubadli and Zangilan), and over a million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced people.
The military operations finally came to an end when Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in Bishkek in 1994.
Dealing with the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the OSCE Minsk Group, which was created after the meeting of the CSCE (OSCE after the Budapest summit held in December 1994) Ministerial Council in Helsinki on 24 March 1992. The Group’s members include Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, the United States, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey, Belarus, Finland and Sweden.
Besides, the OSCE Minsk Group has a co-chairmanship institution, comprised of Russian, the US and French co-chairs, which began operating in 1996.
Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 of the UN Security Council, which were passed in short intervals in 1993, and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, PACE, OSCE, OIC, and other organizations require Armenia to unconditionally withdraw its troops from Nagorno-Karabakh.