"France always sensitive about Karabakh conflict settlement process"
- 15 September 2017
France is always sensitive and careful about the settlement process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne told reporters in Baku on Friday, APA reported.
“I made it clear during the meeting with the Azerbaijani president that France, as a co-chair, remains committed to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” Lemoyne said, stressing that France is doing its utmost in fulfilling its mediatory mission.
“I’m in touch with French co-chair Visconti as well. The co-chairs are doing their job to the full extent. The process is ongoing. There is going to be a ministerial meeting in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Perhaps there will be a meeting at a higher level in the future. France is always sensitive and careful about this process,” he added.
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.