Min­istry: Ar­me­nia uses Fran­co­phonie Or­ga­ni­za­tion for its po­lit­i­cal pur­poses

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

A"The pre­sen­ta­tion of the oc­cu­pied Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion of Azer­bai­jan at the Pavil­ion of Ar­me­nia in the “Vil­lage de la Fran­co­phonie”, opened in Yere­van on Oc­to­ber 9 of this year as part of the 17th Sum­mit of the Fran­co­phonie Or­ga­ni­za­tion in Ar­me­nia is an­other provoca­tive step of Ar­me­nia serv­ing its oc­cu­pa­tion pol­icy," she said.

"We would like to em­pha­size that these acts of Ar­me­nia that com­mit­ted mil­i­tary ag­gres­sion and oc­cu­pa­tion against Azer­bai­jan grossly vi­o­late the norms and prin­ci­ples of in­ter­na­tional law, the UN Char­ter, the Helsinki Fi­nal Act and at the same time con­tra­dict with the Char­ter of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of La Fran­co­phonie, the goals and ob­jec­tives of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

"Ar­me­nia's at­tempts to politi­cize the agenda of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of La Fran­co­phonie are vivid ev­i­dence of its in­ten­tions to cam­ou­flage the oc­cu­pa­tion and ag­gres­sion pol­icy of this coun­try, as well as to un­der­mine the ef­forts for peace­ful set­tle­ment of the con­flict made by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, in­clud­ing France, which is the ini­tia­tor of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of La Fran­co­phonie."

These ac­tions of Ar­me­nia also con­tra­dict the statute, goals and in­ten­tions of the Fran­co­phonie Or­ga­ni­za­tion, the For­eign Min­istry stressed.

Fran­co­phonie Or­ga­ni­za­tion is an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing coun­tries and re­gions where French is cus­tom­ary lan­guage, where a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the pop­u­la­tion are fran­co­phones (French speak­ers) or where there is a no­table af­fil­i­a­tion with French cul­ture.

The con­flict be­tween the two South Cau­ca­sus coun­tries be­gan in 1988 when Ar­me­nia made ter­ri­to­rial claims against Azer­bai­jan. As a re­sult of the en­su­ing war, in 1992 Ar­me­nian armed forces oc­cu­pied 20 pct of Azer­bai­jan, in­clud­ing the Nagorno-Karabakh re­gion and seven sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

The 1994 cease­fire agree­ment was fol­lowed by peace ne­go­ti­a­tions. Ar­me­nia has not yet im­ple­mented four UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions on with­drawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the sur­round­ing dis­tricts.

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