STEPANAKERT. – Within the framework of its working visit to France, the delegation headed by Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) President Arayik Harutyunyan on Friday held in Marseille a number of meetings with the local authorities, Armenian News-NEWS.am has learned from the office of the President of Artsakh.
The Head of the State had a tete-a-tete meeting with Martine Vassal, President of the Departmental Council of Bouches-du-Rhone, which subsequently expanded to a meeting with the participation of representatives of the Departmental Council.
The Artsakh President expressed his gratitude to those present for the resolution on providing urgent international humanitarian aid to the population of Nagorno-Karabakh adopted on October 23, 2020—at the height of the war unleashed by Azerbaijan against Artsakh.
Harutyunyan highlighted the fact that even today they continue to actively protect the interests of the people of Artsakh.
Another meeting was held with Renaud Muselier, President of the Regional Council of Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur.
Harutyunyan emphasized the need to expand and deepen the cooperation with the administrative regions of France. In that context, the President expressed gratitude to the Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur Regional Council for adopting a resolution on December 17, 2020 on the international recognition of Artsakh, noting that it was a very important and encouraging step from both political and moral perspectives.
During the meeting, the parties signed a joint declaration condemning Azerbaijan's military aggression towards Artsakh and Armenia and supporting the inalienable rights of the people of Artsakh, particularly, the right to self-determination.
The document emphasizes that only a peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict respecting the interests of all the parties can open a new page of peace, stability and prosperity in the region. At the same time, it calls upon the international community to condemn Azerbaijan for war crimes, violation of human rights, as well as confinement of political prisoners and prisoners of war in Azerbaijan.
The next meeting of the delegation led by President Harutyunyan was with Mayor of Marseille Benoit Payan. Issues related to decentralized cooperation with Artsakh regions and communities were at the discussion agenda. Mayor Payan assured that he will continue to make all possible efforts to increase the humanitarian assistance programs directed to Artsakh.