The resolution adopted by the Senate, the Upper House of the French Parliament, on the need to recognize the Artsakh [(Nagorno-Karabakh)] Republic on November 25, I believe, will be the beginning of new realities. And the statement made by the Artsakh authorities in this regard is in our vital interests, which I publish below. Artsakh President Arayik Haroutyunyan on Wednesday night wrote this on Facebook.
"We welcome the resolution adopted by the Senate, the Upper House of the French Parliament today, on November 25, on the need to recognize the Artsakh Republic.
We express our deep gratitude to the senators and all the individuals and organizations for their efforts to make this historic decision possible.
It is noteworthy that, among other important points, the adopted resolution of the Senate condemns the Azerbaijani-Turkish military aggression unleashed against Artsakh on September 27 with the participation of terrorist mercenaries, and calls on the French authorities to take all possible measures to ensure the restoration of the borders established in 1994, which, in fact, are enshrined in the indefinite trilateral ceasefire agreement signed by the Artsakh Republic, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
We attach importance to the courageous position of the French Senate to call on the government to ‘recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and make that recognition the subject of negotiations aimed at establishing lasting peace.’ We hope that this decision of the Senate will inspire the adoption of resolutions of the same nature and same power, first of all in the French National Assembly, as well as in other countries of the world.
We reiterate that after Azerbaijan’s public refusal to discuss the issue of the armed aggression against Artsakh, military occupation of a large part of its territories and the status, any circumstance hindering the recognition of the independence of the Artsakh Republic by other states is eliminated, which was largely conditioned by the fear of hindering the peaceful settlement of the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict.
We are convinced that the process of international recognition of the Artsakh Republic also corresponds to the medium-term and long-term interests of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries, including the Russian Federation.
International recognition of the independence of the Artsakh Republic is based on the principles of justice and equality of peoples and will make an important contribution to ensuring stronger security, stability, and predictability in the South Caucasus," Haroutyunyan added.