In a conversation with Western Armenia TV, RWA President Armenak Abrahamyan spoke about the resolution on Artsakh passed by the French Senate and then by the overwhelming majority in the parliament.

Armenak Abrahamyan expressed his opinion on the results of these votes.

“After all the debates in the Senate and the discussions in the Parliament, as well as after the answers of the President and the Government, I realized how France managed to bypass the issue of the Treaty of Sevres to ratify and implement it on centenary day during the Artsakh war.

The scenario is best elaborated, Artsakh is now paying the price for Turkey’s international defense, although Azerbaijan and Armenia have endangered most of their state sovereignty.

It is obvious to any specialist that the recognition of Artsakh in international law can be effective only if Western Armenia decides to legally secede from it.

I repeat that Artsakh has been an integral part of Armenia since 1920, so the Soviet legislation, which was applied even at the time (1921) to the detriment of Armenia, today has no force of law.

Exceptionally by law, the borders of Turkey and Azerbaijan begin where the borders of Western Armenia end, where the door remains open for genocide, ethnic cleansing, wars until the complete extermination of the Armenian identity.

This scenario of French recognition of Artsakh, which is to the detriment of the ratification of the Treaty of Sevres and its application’s centennial, was planned and staged by the same people who declared themselves defenders of the Armenian issue in 1987 and 2001.

This is stated in Article 2 of the European Parliament Resolution on a political solution to the Armenian question. (June 18, 1987).

Article 2:

The tragic events in 1915-1917 involving the Armenians living in the territory of the Ottoman Empire constitute genocide within the meaning of the convention on the prevention and the punishment of the crime of genocide adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1948; Thr article recognizes, however, that the present Turkey cannot be held responsible for the tragedy experienced by the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire and stresses that neither political nor legal or material claims against present-day Turkey can be derived from the recognition of this historical event as an act of genocide;

The full interview is available on our website

Or one finds these elements in the REPORT MADE ON BEHALF OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMISSION (1) ON THE PROPOSAL FOR A LAW, ADOPTED BY THE SENATE, CONCERNING THE RECOGNITION OF THE “Armenian Genocide” OF 1915, BY MR. FRANÇOIS ROCHEBLOINE, on January 10, 2001, with the support of the same authorities as in 2001,

“Several senators questioned the constitutionality of the mechanism of the bill and more generally the qualification of history by Parliament. Admittedly, the wording of the provision “France publicly recognizes the Armenian genocide of 1915” has a declarative character, since no sanction is provided for in case of denial of the Genocide aginst Armenians. According to Govciyan and Kepenekian, the operative part of this text demonstrates the existence of a political rather than legal will to fulfill a duty of memory. Its declaratory character satisfies the Armenian community in France, which does not intend to use it to obtain reparations in France». 

Without forgetting that at the same time the ECHR on the question of the transfer of mercenaries to Artsakh “pardoned” Turkey.

Therefore, we always remain within the framework of the political protection of Turkey, regardless of the will of the Armenian community in France.

In this sense, the interventions of Foreign Minister Le Drian, are clear, addressing the deputies, they specify “This resolution is symbolic”, in other words, everything you decide will have no legal weight and it does not matter if we are dealing with genocide, or ethnic cleansing, head cutters, torture of prisoners of war, it is the reason of state that prevails, that is to say the interest of France in relation to the abandonment of Cilicia, in relation to the signing of the Treaty of Sèvres and today in relation to the annihilation of Artsakh.

During the war in Artsakh, the Armenians of Armenia, united and indivisible, were deprived of real protection of their rights. This war, which corresponds to a disaster in Eastern Armenia, hides in fact the non-ratification and non-application of a Peace Treaty, the one signed in Sevres on August 10, 1920, which is the only act of Justice and Peace corresponding to international law.

But the Armenians have been manipulated by certain politicized Armenian associations precisely to erase in them the Centenary, the Treaty of Sèvres, cynicism has no boundaries.

Facing the Artsakh war and its recognition with the application of the rights of Western Armenia, already recognized at the international level,  is the deal or the challenge, the former countries that signed the Treaty of Sevres thus evaded their ratification obligations.

The recognition of the Republic of Artsakh is and will remain a symbolic device to prevent parliamentarians, deputies and senators from expressing themselves on the ratification of the Treaty of Sèvres.

207 voters, 191 cast, for 188, against 3, a resolution adopted without any effective application, a government persisting in a neutrality turned towards the political protection of Turkey, a masterful play, in short, for little cost.