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I once again want to tell you, to reiterate, that you can count on France's support for Armenia, its independence, territorial integrity, democratic process, and peaceful aspirations. French President Emmanuel Macron said this at Wednesday’s joint press conference with visiting Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.

"I would also like to salute, dear Nikol, your personal courage and determination to move forward on this path. Armenia's membership in the International Criminal Court is also a shining example of this commitment. At this moment, as we commemorate Missak and Mélinée Manouchians, war crimes continue on the continent of Europe, and the fight for freedom, more than ever, requires a fight against impunity.

During our meeting we will be able to talk about the discussions aimed at the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. The recent incidents in Syunik prove that the danger of escalation remains real. France regrets that an Azerbaijani was wounded as a result of the shooting on February 12, which was also accepted by the Armenian leadership with full transparency, but France expresses regret for the disproportionate retaliatory strike by Azerbaijan, as a result of which the Armenian side suffered four deaths and one wounded," Macron added, noting that “France will continue to support efforts towards a just and lasting peace.”

The French president added that “this can only be achieved by respecting international law, sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of borders.”

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