Azerbaijani Politics 30 april — 21:12

Azerbaijani Parliament demands to remove France from OSCE Minsk Group (Statement by co-chair of the Committee on Parliamentary Cooperation with EU)

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Yesterday, the information-analytical portal Azeri Daily has published an editorial article 'France entered war against Azerbaijan on Armenia's side,' which states that France, as the co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, designed to contribute to the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict, has ceased to bother itself even with formal neutrality and defiantly took the side of Armenia. Almost all French institutions of power today show absolute unanimity with Yerevan and its aggressive policy, and its legislative branch, contrary to international law and UN Security Council resolutions, recognised the criminal community of Karabakh separatists as a 'new state formation.'

The site's article expresses bewilderment with the passivity of the Azerbaijani Parliament, which has not yet brought up the issue of France's involvement in aggression against Azerbaijan for discussion.

Milli Majlis (National Assembly of Azerbaijan) deputies, however, do not agree with this assessment of their activities. Javanshir Feyziyev, a member of the Committee on International Relations and Interparliamentary Relations, Co-Chairman of the European Union-Azerbaijan Parliamentary Cooperation Committee, who does not believe that the Milli Majlis is passive in relation to the actions of the Minsk Group as a whole and France, in particular, addressed his objections to the editorial office of Azeri Daily.

Guided by the principle of pluralism of opinions, Azeri Daily presents the arguments put forward by Javanshir Feyziyev.

Azeri Daily editorial office received a statement by the Co-Chairman of the Committee for Parliamentary Cooperation with the European Union Javanshir Feyziyev

'The article, written in accordance with the editorial style, contains fairly clear analytical considerations based on specific arguments. And I approve of the author's position on this issue. However, at the end of the article, it is argued that the Milli Majlis has remained silent in the face of diplomatic attacks from France. It is surprising that the editors are "not aware" of the steps taken by the Milli Majlis in this direction, and therefore I want to draw the attention of the editors and dear readers to the following.

'In protest against the provocations committed by Armenia on June 12 and September 27, 2020, and the political and moral support provided by France to Armenia, the leadership of the Milli Majlis, personally Speaker Sahiba Gafarova, as well as the Committee on International Relations and Inter-Parliamentary Relations and the Inter-Parliamentary Working Group Azerbaijan-France sent numerous official appeals to the Senate and the National Assembly of France, condemning the actions of Armenia and its support by France.

Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova sent an appeal to the Senate and the National Assembly of France

'Along with this, the Milli Majlis sent detailed information about the events in our region, the provocative actions of Armenia to the officials of the European Parliament, as well as to the French parliamentarians represented in the European Parliament, where a sharp protest was also expressed by the Milli Majlis and the public against the anti-Azerbaijani position of France,' reads Feyziyev's response.

Feyziyev also recalls that in November and December last year, serious debates were held at the plenary sessions of the Milli Majlis, condemning the resolutions of the Senate and the National Assembly of France against Azerbaijan and the unfair policy of this country towards our region.

As indicated in the letter of Deputy Feyziyev, the result of these debates in the Milli Majlis was the adoption of an official appeal to the Azerbaijani Government to remove France from the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group.

'Already last week, Speaker of the Milli Majlis Sahiba Gafarova, as well as a number of deputies reacted harshly to the statements of the President of the French Senate, Gérard Larcher during his visit to Armenia on the anniversary of the so-called 'genocide.' Also at the last plenary session of the Milli Majlis on April 27, its speaker and the head of the Azerbaijan-France inter-parliamentary working group confirmed their objections to Larcher's statements, voiced by him in Armenia.

'Currently, active work is underway with the relevant political circles of France both at the level of the Milli Majlis and through diplomatic channels to prevent the next draft resolution of an anti-Azerbaijani character, which will be submitted for discussion to the French National Assembly. All information about the timely and appropriate steps taken by the Milli Majlis has been brought to the attention of the country's public in the statements of the Press and Public Relations Department of the Milli Majlis, as well as in the numerous articles and socio-political TV programs published throughout the entire period and especially last week,' indicates the letter of the deputy.

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