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Posted 18 November 2020 - 10:06 AM


15 French Mayors recognize NK's independence, urging Government and other countries to do the same

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YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. 15 French Mayors issued a declaration, recognizing the independence of Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh), urging the French Government and the international community to also recognize it.

''Azerbaijan re-ignited the Karabakh conflict on September 27, 2020, which had been frozen by an unstable ceasefire since 1994, launching an unprecedented large-scale offensive against the self-determined republic.


The Azerbaijani army which included mercenaries that had served in Syrian jihadist groups, resulted in a humanitarian crisis in Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh), which was accompanied by serious violations of international conventions on armed conflict.

Both the capital Stepanakert and the border communities were bombed. Many civilians were killed and thousands of Artsakh's people were deported.

At midnight on November 10, after 44 days of bloody fighting, a ceasefire agreement signed under the auspices of the Russian authorities entered into force, fixing the positions of the conflicting parties.

Although the final provisions of this agreement are not at all satisfactory, they help at least save lives from both sides’', ARMENPRESS reports reads the statement issued by the 15 Mayors, adding that the loss of territories can lead to extremely unfavorable situation, particularly in terms of the preservation of hundreds of ancient churches and Cathedrals.

''In this regard, the fall of Shushi, Artsakh's second city, is fraught with the danger of depriving the people of Artsakh of their own historical memory, given all the unprecedented destruction that has taken place in the city, including the recently renovated Ghazanchetsots Church.

From now on, it is our duty not to hide behind cautious neutrality, which means approving the Azerbaijani aggression. We must reaffirm our full support for the friendly people, supporting the return of the Armenian people to their ancestral lands, reads the statement.

The statement notes that since the declaration of independence in 1991, the Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) has always guaranteed institutional stability for its own people on never disputed democratic grounds, territorial integrity and defense, as well as economic-cultural prosperity.

''Bringing together all the components of a state in line with the international law – territory, population, sovereignty, Nagorno Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) should be assesses as such - subject of law, endowed with sovereignty that legitimately embodies the people of Artsakh. The people united in the territory of the Artsakh state are radically connected with the land of their ancestors, with a common language, common history, inherited culture and religion. Given these crucial factors, the independence of Artsakh seems to us more than ever to be legally strong, legitimate and fair'', reads the statement, urging the Government of France and the international community to also recognize the independence of Artsakh as the only effective means to protect the people of Artsakh from ethnic cleansings that still threatens them.


The declaration has been signed by 

 Nicolas DARAGON, Mayor of Valence (Drôme)
 Laurence FAUTRA, Mayor of Décines (Rhône)
 Thierry KOVACS, Mayor of Vienne (Isère)
 Hervé REYNAUD, Mayor of Saint-Chamond (Loire)
 Philippe MARINI, Mayor of Compiègne (Oise)
 Richard MALLIE, Mayor of Bouc-Bel-Air (Bouches-du-Rhône)
 Michel AMIEL, Mayor of Pennes Mirabeau (Bouches-du-Rhône)
 Jean-Jacques GUILLET, Mayor of Chaville (Hauts de Seine)
 Luc CARVOUNAS, Mayor of d’Alfortville (Hauts de Seine)
 Maud TALLET, Mayor of Champs sur Marne (Seine et Marne)
 Marie-Hélène THORAVAL, Mayor of Romans-Sur-Isère (Drôme)
 Marlène MOURIER, Mayor of Bourg-lès-Valence (Drôme)
 Nathalie NIESON, Mayor of Bourg-de-Péage (Drôme)
 Christian GAUTHIER, Mayor of Chatuzange-le-Goubet (Drôme)
 Sylvie GAUCHER, Mayor of Guilherand-Granges (Ardèche)





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Posted 20 November 2020 - 09:32 AM

Public Radio of Armenia

Nov 19 2020
French intellectuals demand recognition of Artsakh

A group of French intellectuals calls on the National Assembly, and more generally the international community, through its institutions, to assume its responsibilities, and recognize the independence of Artsakh.

“The decisive argument in favor of the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh is the risk of annihilation of the Armenian population. The ceasefire foresees that Russian troops will maintain the peace for five years. And after? Although it will not send soldiers, Turkey will be associated with these operations via a Russian-Turkish control center, the outline of a future military base in Azerbaijan,” the intellectuals say in an open letter.

Recalling of the Armenian Genocide of 1915 and emphasizing that Erdogan has often repeated his desire to complete the work begun by his Ottoman predecessors, they state: “Even assuming that the Russian forces manage to impose stability for five years, the prospect at the end of this period is perfectly clear: another war and the completion of the ethnic cleansing of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

“As many international organizations and NGOs have documented, Azerbaijani statesmen, starting with the President, routinely call for the eradication of Armenians from the region. We can debate for a long time the best criterion leading to the recognition of a State. No one will be found more convincing than the proven risk of crimes against humanity and genocide,” the letter reads.

“I is time for this “frozen conflict” resulting from the collapse of the USSR to find its definitive solution, so that future generations of young Armenians and Azeris do not continue to pay with their blood the price of the inaction of the international community. This solution involves the recognition of the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh, and the placing of its Armenian population under the protection of international law. This is the only realistic option today. Then, the serenity required for the opening of negotiations with a view to a long-term settlement of the conflict may appear,” the letter concludes.

The names of the signatories can be found here.

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