The French Senate voted in favor of the resolution on the need to recognize the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh). This resolution is only a recommendation in its nature and is calling on the government of the country to recognize the independence of the Republic of Artsakh.
The text of the resolution was presented by the leaders of the five largest parliamentary factions.
The decision to adopt the resolution was taken almost unanimously. Among 336 senators, only one voted against, and 305 voted for the adoption of resolution.
✅ Le #Sénat a adopté par 305 voix contre 1 (et 30 abstentions) la prop. de résolution de @BrunoRetailleau, @PatrickKanner, @HerveMarseille, @ElianeAssassi et @GuillaumGontard portant sur la reconnaissance de la République du #HautKarabagh examinée à la demande de @gerard_larcher pic.twitter.com/6BWuVPAhwn
— Sénat (@Senat) November 25, 2020
The resolution not only contains an appeal to the recognition of the Republic, it also demands the withdrawal of Azerbaijani military forces from the territories occupied since the outbreak of clashes on September 27.
Today, 16 localities of the Kelbajar region of Nagorno-Karabakh came under the control of Azerbaijan. The remaining localities that come under Baku’s control are located in Lachin (52), Martakert (8), Hadrut (29), Shusha (2), Askeran (8) and Martuni (6) regions.
Armenian Prime-minister Nikol Pashinyan hurried up to express his gratitude to the French Senate, making a post in Twitter in French.
J’adresse ma profonde gratitude à la France et au peuple français pour la Résolution du @Senat sur la reconnaissance de la République d’#Artsakh. La France réaffirme son attachement aux valeurs universelles, ainsi qu’au respect des principes fondementaux du droit international.
— Nikol Pashinyan (@NikolPashinyan) November 25, 2020
France is the main Western supporter of Armenia.
“Charles de Gaulle said:“ France cannot be a France without greatness.” Today, it is the parliament that is the embodiment of this greatness, supporting the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh. We could not avoid the war, we will do everything to avoid dishonor, ”said Senator Valerie Boye.
Officially, the French Senate proclaims its commitment to the human rights support and its readiness to prevent the new escalation in the region, blames the Azerbaijani attack and its war crimes.
However, the real French support to the citizens of Nagorno-Karabakh is mostly declarative. Its main aim is to prevent the spread of Turkish influence in the region.
“Only its independence can guarantee the rights and freedoms of the populations of Nagorno-Karabakh which faces Turkish Islamist expansionism,” the Senator said in a Twitter post.
It is difficult to imagine that the French government will follow the recommendation to recognize Artsakh. How could France do so, while even the Armenian government with N. Pashinyan is not hurrying up to give the independence to this region?!
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