France calls for observance of Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire

Excerpts from the daily press briefing by Romain Nadal, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international Development spokesman (Paris, April, 4th 2016)

Armenia/Azerbaijan/incidents in Nagorno-Karabakh – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, 2 April 2016

The French President deeply deplores the serious incidents near the ceasefire line in Nagorno-Karabakh, which killed several people, including civilians.

These are the most serious and deadly events since the agreement reached in 1994, when the conflict had already caused 30,000 deaths.

The President calls on the parties to show the utmost restraint and immediate, total and lasting observance of the ceasefire. The absolute priority must be to calm the situation down.

There can be only a negotiated solution. The President, who had a meeting in Paris with the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in October 2014, reaffirms his commitment to a peaceful resolution as soon as possible./.

Armenia/Azerbaijan/incidents in Nagorno-Karabakh – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman

Paris, 2 April 2016

France is concerned about the incidents near the ceasefire line in Nagorno-Karabakh. It deplores the loss of human lives, civilians in particular, which these incidents have already caused. It calls on all the parties to observe the ceasefire.

This conflict, nearly three decades old, can be settled only through negotiation between the parties under the aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Minsk Group, which we fully support. France therefore calls for an immediate return to the negotiation table. We shall spare no effort in achieving this goal./.

publie le 04/04/2016

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