French Senate calls for recognition of Karabakh as an independent republic

French Senate adopted a resolution, non-binding, calling on the government to recognize the Republic of Karabakh, also condemning the Azerbaijani-Turkish aggression against Karabakh and calling for the withdrawal of Azerbaijani forces from there.

The French Senate adopted a non-binding resolution calling on the government to "recognize the Republic of Karabakh", the predominantly Armenian region, which in the fall witnessed a war, in which Baku achieved field victories at Yerevan's expense, according to what was reported by Agence France-Presse.

And the resolution's proposal won the support of 305 members of the Senate, which is dominated by the right-wing opposition, while only one member voted against it, and 30 members abstained.

In its decision, the French Senate said that it "condemns the Azerbaijani military aggression carried out with the support of the Turkish authorities and foreign mercenaries, and calls for the immediate withdrawal" of the Azerbaijani armed forces from the lands that the Armenians lost control of since September 27 in Karabakh.

The resolution also called on "the French government to do everything in its power to resume without delay the discussions within the Minsk Group aimed at reaching a negotiated and permanent settlement of the conflict that would ensure the re-establishment of the borders that were demarcated in 1994."

The resolution also urges the government to strive for immediate "protection of the population through the deployment of an international separation force, and the provision of massive humanitarian aid to the civilian population."

In its decision, the Senate also called on the French government to "request an international investigation into the war crimes committed in Karabakh and draw all diplomatic results for the role that the Turkish authorities played in the conflict."

During the session, Senator Bruno Retayo, head of the "Republican" bloc, launched a violent attack on Turkey's participation in the conflict.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Saturday that he wanted "international supervision" of the ceasefire agreement signed by Azerbaijan and Armenia under the auspices of Russia on November 10.



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