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Macron calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to start negotiations immediately

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“Resorting to military force cannot be the solution for Armenia or Azerbaijan, and dialogue must be restored immediately,” he stressed.

French President Emmanuel Macron today called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to start “without delay” negotiations to achieve “sustainable peace”, welcoming Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan to the Elysee.

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“Resorting to military force cannot be the solution for Armenia or Azerbaijan, and dialogue must be restored immediately,” he stressed. “All outstanding issues, and they are many, we know, must be addressed exclusively through negotiation,” he insisted.

Bloody clashes, which left nearly 300 dead, erupted on September 13 on the border between the two countries, which blame each other for the fighting, the heaviest since the 2020 war for control of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave. .

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“The situation remains extremely critical on the ground,” Macron said. “The territory of Armenia was targeted, civilian infrastructure was destroyed,” he said, calling the situation “unacceptable.”

“The fact that the borders are not demarcated does not justify the promotion on the territory of the other country,” he continued, addressing Baku. “Peace cannot be built while the threat of resorting to military force looms,” he added, clarifying that “in the next few hours” he would hold talks with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.

France will see how it can “contribute, alongside the European Union and other involved powers, to the “progress for a sustainable peace”, especially in the “demarcation of the borders” between the two countries, Macron added.

Nikol Pashinyan, for his part, questioned the absence of border demarcation between the two countries. “This is not true,” he said.

“The administrative border between Soviet Armenia and Soviet Azerbaijan became a state border as the two countries signed and ratified the agreement establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States” in 1991, which includes several former Soviet Union countries, he said.

“It is necessary that the borders recognized bilaterally by the agreement of December 8, 1991 become the basis of negotiations” between the two countries, the Armenian Prime Minister insisted.

“The right and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh must be ensured,” he underlined.

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