PARIS, 26 November. / TASS /. Paris does not recognize the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. This is stated in the statement of the French Foreign Ministry, released on Thursday at a briefing.
"On November 25, the Senate adopted a resolution calling for the recognition by the French authorities of the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. During the debate preceding the vote, Secretary of State at the Foreign Ministry Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne recalled the position of the French government on this issue," the communiqué says. "France does not recognize the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic ".
"Our duty as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group is to work on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiations, in particular on the future status of Nagorno-Karabakh, and the outcome of these negotiations cannot be determined in advance and unilaterally," French Foreign Office. "Our priority today should be to ensure the safe return of persons displaced by the conflict," the Foreign Ministry added.
France, as the ministry emphasized, "remains fully determined within this framework to achieve a lasting settlement of the conflict, taking into account the requirements of the security and dignity of the peoples of the region." "She will continue to do everything to stabilize the situation in the South Caucasus," the Foreign Ministry assured. "Paris will maintain its commitment under the co-chairmanship of the Minsk Group to move forward on all parameters that have yet to be agreed upon after the ceasefire agreement reached on November 9, in particular, the issue of foreign mercenaries and the protection of the region's historical and cultural heritage," – noted in the Foreign Ministry.
French Senate Resolution
On Wednesday, the French Senate adopted a resolution calling for the country's government to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh. 305 French senators out of 306 participants in the meeting voted for the adoption of the document. The experts explained that the resolution is advisory in nature and is not binding on the government.
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry assessed the adoption of this resolution as a provocation and stressed that it has no legal force. On Thursday evening, French Ambassador to Baku Zachary Gross was summoned to the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry because of the resolution on Karabakh.
The Milli Majlis (parliament) of Azerbaijan, in turn, suggested that the government of the country appeal to the leadership of the OSCE to recall France from among the co-chairs of the Minsk Group of this organization.
Aggravation in Karabakh
On September 27, the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh escalated, active fighting began there. Baku and Yerevan have disputed the ownership of the region since February 1988, when it announced its secession from the Azerbaijan SSR. During the armed conflict of 1992-1994, Baku lost control of Karabakh and the seven adjacent regions.
On November 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan signed a joint statement on the complete cessation of hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh. According to the Russian leader, the Azerbaijani and Armenian sides stop at occupied positions, while Russian peacekeepers are deployed in the region.