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France entered war against Azerbaijan on Armenia's side (Editorial)

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BY EYNULLA FATULLAYEV

A few hours ago, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. Blinken communicated the good news about extending the waiver of the discriminatory Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act, which implies the support of post-Soviet countries. After the end of the second Karabakh war this is another achievement of Azerbaijani diplomacy, for the notorious Section 907 to the Act imposing sanctions on Azerbaijan was adopted by the Congress at the culmination of the first Karabakh war to a certain extent under pressure from the Armenian lobby. Among other things, Blinken discussed with Aliyev the prospects for reviving the activities of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs.

Blinken called Baku and asked about the Minsk Group

A year before the start of the war, after Pashinyan's sensational appeal in the centre of Khankendi about the Anschluss of Nagorno-Karabakh, the activities of the international mediation mission were practically paralysed. There was nothing to talk about. Neither with the aggressor, nor with the intermediaries. And the co-chairs have reached a dead end with their uncontested Madrid package. The co-chairs had nothing to talk about, first of all, with the Armenian side, which declared the annexation of the occupied Azerbaijani territories to Armenia a settled matter.

The Minsk Group directed all its efforts to preserve the ossified status quo. However, the second Karabakh war radically changed the military-political alignment. The parties to the conflict have reversed roles and places. Now Azerbaijan considers the conflict to be completed, pursuing its main goal - reintegration of a piece of land inherited after the war from the NKAO (Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region), which was abolished in the first years of independence.

In addition, this piece of land this time fell out of the control of the Armenian occupation regime. Part of Nagorno-Karabakh with its centre in the city of Khankendi came under the temporary control of the Russian peacekeeping forces. Russia is the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, which played a leading role in the end of hostilities and in the legal settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict, which is regulated by the Trilateral Agreement.

One of the co-chairs of the Minsk Group - Russia, represented by its peacekeepers, is building peace in Karabakh

As for the other two co-chairs - the United States and France - the period of the active phase of hostilities fell on a tough electoral race in Washington, followed by a painful transfer of power up to the storming of Capitol Hill. But France, having done away even with formal ostentatious neutrality, defiantly took the side of one of the subjects of the conflict. All the institutions of power in Paris expressed absolute unanimity with Yerevan and its aggressive policy, and the legislative branch, contrary to international law and UN Security Council resolutions, recognised the criminal community of the Karabakh separatists as a 'new state formation.'

Ilham Aliyev admits the resumption of the activities of the Minsk Group, but in the format of restoring a peaceful and stable life in the post-conflict period. By and large, today this is what one of the co-chairs, Russia, is doing. Intensive, scrupulous and intense work is underway in the format of a trilateral group at the level of the vice-premiers of the three countries, who have determined a new conditional border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, a schedule for unblocking transport lines and communications, and resolving a difficult post-war humanitarian situation.

What is the second co-chair of the mediation group, the resumption of which the Americans are so worried about, doing?

France continues to incite interethnic confrontation in Karabakh. That is, all the efforts of the mediator are directed not at localisation, but at the direct aggravation of the situation. Surprisingly, why does France still position itself as a mediator-peacemaker, if it actively contributes to the escalation of new tensions? France supported Armenia not only by word, but also by force of arms. Mercenaries from France also fought in the ranks of the Armenian army, about which we wrote many times during the war.

François Pupponi and 33 French MPs are preparing another resolution against Azerbaijan - the second one in the last six months

Just a few days ago, another French MP, François Pupponi, presented yet another biased resolution to parliament. The initiative of the parliamentarian, who presented Azerbaijan as an aggressor country, was supported by 33 members of the French parliament. And this is after the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the consolidated position of the entire world community, which condemned the occupation of seven districts of Azerbaijan! However, the French deputies did not confine themselves to Nagorno-Karabakh alone and called the adjacent 7 districts, which are not part of Nagorno-Karabakh, some kind of contact zone. Moreover, French MPs condemn Azerbaijan's actions to liberate its occupied territories. Following the logic of the French deputies, the Azerbaijanis should have invited the Armenian army to their other cities and districts, maybe even cede its capital Baku to Armenia. In this case, Azerbaijan would receive the approval and support of François and his friends.

The draft resolution presented by the French deputies calls for the release of 64 Armenian saboteurs detained in Hadrut controlled by Azerbaijani troops after the end of the war and the signing of a trilateral statement. These combatants are called prisoners of war by French deputies, contrary to the Geneva Convention (the reference to Article 4 of the Convention is completely unfounded) and international law. But at the same time, due to natural bias, and not just for the sake of justice, the French deputies forgot to point out that these 'prisoners of war' killed representatives of an Azerbaijani mobile operator in Hadrut, who were restoring peaceful life in Nagorno-Karabakh!

Thus, in a short period of time, less than six months, France adopts a second resolution in support of Armenia and against Azerbaijan. Questioning the integrity of a sovereign UN member state. And all this unbridled orgy in the parliament of the co-chairing country of the Minsk Group is taking place in the light of statements by representatives of the French government, ministers and secretaries of state about age-old friendship with Armenia, about the Franco-Armenian ethnopolitical community. France not only violated the neutrality of a co-chair, but, having discarded diplomatic etiquette and the rules of decency, was directly involved in the conflict with Azerbaijan on the side of Armenia. What status of the French co-chairmanship can we talk about after that?

Why is the parliament of Azerbaijan silent?

Even if the Minsk Group resumes its activities in the near future, Azerbaijan, relying on weighty political arguments, is obliged to achieve the exclusion of Paris from the list of mediators-co-chairs. Minsk group? Please, but without France. And Azerbaijan should not limit itself to just this measure in the fight against Armenia's aggressive ally - Paris.

The hour has come when the Azerbaijani authorities are obliged to reconsider relations with France. Up to a diplomatic break. And the passivity of the Azerbaijani parliament, which has not yet brought up the involvement of France in the aggression against Azerbaijan, is puzzling. Azerbaijani parliamentarians need to give a clear and expressive legal assessment of the aggressive policy of France with its historical perspective, condemning the genocides in Algeria and Tunisia perpetrated by France, the provocative policy aimed at destroying a united Libya, and the awakened imperialist appetite in Lebanon...

In addition, France has become the flagship of European Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, Turkophobia and xenophobia, the gravedigger of European spiritual, moral and humanistic values. France has challenged Azerbaijan and must be rebuffed!

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