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Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry declared “persona non grata” three French Senators who had visited Nagorno-Karabakh without permission of official Baku, Ministry’s representative said.

Elman Abdullayev said such visits escalate situation and create uncertainty. He said the trip to Karabakh damages mediatory mission of France and settlement of the Karabakh conflict as a co-chairing state of the OSCE Minsk Group, Kavkazskiy Uzel reports.

He said the Azerbaijani Ambassador in Paris has filed a note of protest to the French foreign office and sent a letter to the Senate.

As Armenian reported previously, members of the French Senate Philippe Marini, Sophie Joissains and Bernard Fournier arrived in the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic on May 22 to hold meetings with local leadership.  

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