France calls for observance of Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Armenia/Azerbaijan/incidents in Nagorno-Karabakh – Meeting between M. Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and his German counterpart – Exchanges with the press

La Celle-Saint-Cloud, 5 April 2016


Q. – With respect to Nagorno-Karabakh, how would you describe the situation to date? There’s a meeting in Vienna today. Are you worried that Russia and Turkey might be playing a sort of game with each other in this region in order to fuel this new crisis?

THE MINISTER – With respect to this issue, we are taking the same approach. It’s clear that a military solution cannot be the solution, but nor can the status quo. President Hollande took the initiative to bring the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan together in Paris in order to take a political initiative; we call this the Minsk Group. This will notably involve ambassador-level meetings that will take place in the capitals – in Baku and Yerevan. I spoke on the telephone to my Armenian and Azerbaijani colleagues to convey the same message: the need for an immediate cessation of hostilities in order to resume a political process. Obviously, we’re aware of the context, we’re aware of the tensions, but I don’t think that a spiral of violence in that region is in Russia’s interest and I share Frank’s view. I believe that our initiative aimed at relaunching the work carried out by the Minsk Group is really extremely helpful.

Q. – And what would Turkey’s role be?

THE MINISTER – We’ve seen the Turkish statements. But who would benefit from starting a new conflict? I think reason must prevail. In any event, our message is clear: the immediate cessation of hostilities and the resumption of political discussions. My interlocutors haven’t said no. In any event, we will take concrete initiatives to ensure that this is the case. There’s no other possible way forward and that’s the message we will convey to the Turks and the Russians. We will not stand idly by or remain indifferent to what’s happening. (…)./.

Armenia/Azerbaijan/incidents in Nagorno-Karabakh – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 2 April 2016

The French President deeply deplores the serious incidents near the ceasefire line in Nagorno-Karabakh, which killed several people, including civilians.

These are the most serious and deadly events since the agreement reached in 1994, when the conflict had already caused 30,000 deaths.

The President calls on the parties to show the utmost restraint and immediate, total and lasting observance of the ceasefire. The absolute priority must be to calm the situation down.

There can be only a negotiated solution. The President, who had a meeting in Paris with the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in October 2014, reaffirms his commitment to a peaceful resolution as soon as possible./.

Armenia/Azerbaijan/incidents in Nagorno-Karabakh – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman

Paris, 2 April 2016

France is concerned about the incidents near the ceasefire line in Nagorno-Karabakh. It deplores the loss of human lives, civilians in particular, which these incidents have already caused. It calls on all the parties to observe the ceasefire.

This conflict, nearly three decades old, can be settled only through negotiation between the parties under the aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group, which we fully support. France therefore calls for an immediate return to the negotiation table. We shall spare no effort in achieving this goal./.

Published on 05/07/2016

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