Nagorno-Karabakh was liberated from Armenia's captivity about 2 and a half years ago with the help of Türkiye. However, France has expressed its discontent with the capture of Nagorno-Karabakh by Azerbaijan, the original owner of Nagorno-Karabakh, at every opportunity and has taken a few steps in this regard. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan made a statement today and chose peace despite all provocations. Pashinyan announced that Armenia recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan with an area of 86,600 square kilometers and Azerbaijan recognizes the territorial integrity of Armenia with an area of 29,800 square kilometers.
According to the news of Ihlas News Agency, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who attended the Council of Europe Summit held in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, made statements about the relations between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Pashinyan stated that they took another step forward in his meeting with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev hosted by European Union (EU) Council President Charles Michel on May 14 in Brussels, the capital of Belgium.
Pashinyan announced that Armenia recognizes the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan with an area of 86,600 square kilometers and Azerbaijan recognizes the territorial integrity of Armenia with an area of 29,800 square kilometers, emphasizing that negotiations should be initiated within the framework of international mechanisms and to ensure the security and human rights of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh.
With his statement, Pashinyan recognized that Nagorno-Karabakh, which came under Azerbaijani control as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 2020, is Azerbaijan's territory.
On October 6, 2022, with the support of French President Emmanuel Macron and President of the Council of Europe Charles Michel, Pashinyan recalled that he had reached an agreement with Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the restoration of Armenia-Azerbaijan relations on the basis of the Almaty Declaration of 1991, which stipulated the administrative borders of Soviet Armenia and Soviet Azerbaijan as state borders.
On the other hand, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Mariya Zaharova announced that Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov and his Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan will hold negotiations on the peace agreement in Moscow on Friday, May 19. Zaharova noted that on the same day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold a trilateral meeting with his Azerbaijani and Armenian counterparts.
The French Senate and National Assembly adopted resolutions recommending the government to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan and increase support to Armenia. The resolutions were met with reaction in Azerbaijan, with President Ilham Aliyev saying, "Our winning the war has disturbed many people in France. Looking back, we see that the OSCE Minsk Group, especially France, one of the co-chairs, made great efforts to prevent a solution to the conflict. I think the main reason for the anti-Azerbaijani attitude is that we disrupted their plans and they could not save Armenia under their protection."
The Karabakh region, which also has an Armenian population, is recognized by all countries as Azerbaijani territory. Even Armenia has not officially recognized the independence of the so-called Armenian administration in Karabakh until today. The security of the Armenian-populated region is provided by Russian forces temporarily deployed in the region.
Source: Anadolu Agenc - Ihlas News Agency