Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan accuses France of stoking ‘new war’ in Caucasus

BAKU: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on Tuesday accused France of inciting a contemporary warfare within the Caucasus by arming Baku’s arch foe Armenia, with which it had fought two wars.
Baku and Yerevan have been locked in a decades-long territorial battle over Azerbaijan‘s Nagorno-Karabakh area, which Baku reclaimed in September after a lightning offensive towards Armenian separatists.
“(France) is pursuing a militaristic coverage by arming Armenia, encouraging revanchist forces in Armenia, and laying the groundwork for upsetting new wars in our area,” Aliyev mentioned in written feedback to a world convention in Baku.
In a press release learn out by his international coverage advisor, Aliyev mentioned Paris “is disrupting stability not solely in its former and present colonies, but additionally within the South Caucasus, the place it’s supporting separatist developments and separatists.”
France, which is residence to a big Armenian diaspora, is routinely criticised by Baku for harbouring “pro-Armenian bias” within the Caucasus nations’ territorial battle.
Internationally mediated peace talks between the ex-Soviet republics have seen little progress however each nations’ leaders have mentioned a complete peace settlement could possibly be signed by the top of the yr.
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev have held a number of rounds of talks underneath EU mediation.
However final month, Aliyev refused to attend negotiations with Pashinyan in Spain, citing French bias.
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had been scheduled to affix EU chief Charles Michel as mediators at these talks.
On Thursday, Baku additionally refused to take part in normalisation talks with Armenia that have been deliberate in america this month over what it mentioned was Washington’s “biased” place.
Thus far, there was no seen progress in EU efforts to organise a contemporary spherical of negotiations.

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