The text of  the resolution of the French Senate on  Artsakh

  • by Western Armenia, January 17, 2024 in Քաղաքականութիւն

The French Senate will discuss the issue of adopting a resolution condemning Baku's military attack in Artsakh and preventing any further attempt to violate the territorial integrity of Armenia. It is stated as follows in the draft resolution, 

"The French Senate strongly condemns the military attack carried out by Azerbaijan with the support of its allies states  on September 19 and 20, 2023 in Nagorno-Karabakh, which led to the expulsion of almost the entire Armenian population living there.

The Senate reminds that respecting of the rights of peoples to self-determination, which extends to the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh, is the only possible way to a stable peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and that the states are obliged to respect and protect this right.

Therefore, the international community is obliged to demand that Azerbaijan must make all efforts to ensure the right of the Armenian population to return to Nagorno-Karabakh under conditions of ensuring  their safety and well-being.

The Senate welcomes the French government's initiative to expand humanitarian aid to Armenia to meet the basic needs of the civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh who have become refugees on their own historical  territory, and suggests that the government should  urge its European partners to follow suit.

The Senate reaffirms the inviolability of Armenia's territorial integrity and calls for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of Azerbaijani troops from the sovereign territory of Armenia.

The Senate warns the French government, the European Union and the international community about the danger by the  ambitions of Azerbaijan and Turkey, as well as the danged towards the  Republic of Armenia, its territorial integrity and towards peace in the Caucasus.

The Senate supports Armenia's right to have military means, to protect its territorial integrity and ensure its security. In this regard, he welcomes the decision of the French government to supply military equipment to Armenia.

The Senate condemns the arbitrary arrest of the political leaders of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic, the legal representatives of the people of that territory and calls for their immediate release.

The Senate calls on the French government to demand from Baku  the immediate release of the civilian and military detainees held there and the immediate return of the bodies of the Armenian soldiers who died in the battle. 

Calls on to respect the cultural and religious heritage in accordance with the international obligations of Azerbaijan and Armenia and strongly condemns the encroachments on Armenian buildings, relics, collections and cultural values ​​in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Senate emphasizes the urgent need to include the issue of the protection of the heritage of Nagorno-Karabakh in the agenda of the intergovernmental committee for the protection of cultural values ​​in the event of an armed conflict and calls for the removal of Azerbaijan from that committee.

Emphasizes the need of  immediately creating  and sending an international group of experts under UNESCO to Nagorno-Karabakh to prepare an informative report on the state of cultural and religious heritage.

Calls on the French government to accept all the diplomatic consequences of Azerbaijan's numerous aggressive actions against Armenia and with its European partners  discuss the European Union's relations with Azerbaijan the issue of a complete review of the European Union's relations with Azerbaijan, as well as the most decisive countermeasures, including the seizure of the assets of the Azerbaijani leadership and an embargo on the import of gas and oil from Azerbaijan; as a punishment for the military aggression carried out by Azerbaijan.

It calls on the government to make all efforts so that Azerbaijan should be  immediately and peacefully involved in the negotiation process through diplomatic channels for the establishment of stable peace in the South Caucasus," states the draft resolution.