February 27, 2014 - 16:27 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - French parliamentarians called to support the Nagorno Karabakh Republic in order to promote a lasting peace in the South Caucasus.
As Ren?© Rouquet, Guy Teissier, Fran?Іois Rochebloine noted in an article published at Le Monde French daily, the May 12, 1994 peace treaty
which stopped the lengthy and cruel war in the Nagorno Karabakh will
soon mark its 20th anniversary. ?И?As a result of the war for
independence, a new state located between Armenia and Azerbaijan, on
Armenian territory, at the crossroads of Russian, Turkish and Iranian
cultures,?И? the article said.
?И?Even though the war is over, peace
is yet to be procured,?И? the authors said, urging for a transparent
dialogue, for Karabakh as well as Azerbaijan to gain prospects of a
The article went on to detail the
instances of Azeri ceasefire violations resulting in losses of lives and
rendering possibility of peaceful coexistence increasingly unlikely.
"We, members of the France-Karabakh friendship group, call for realistic
approach to the problems: neither bellicose rhetoric nor threats can
induce Karabakh to become a part of Azerbaijan," the MPs said.
"Curing the wounds of the past is another step towards finding peace.
Light has to be shed on crimes perpetrated in Sumgait, Kirovabad,
Maragha and Khojalu that left hundreds dead, while the criminals went
The parliamentarians further welcomed the report of the Freedom House international human rights watchdog organization, listing Karabah among "partly free" countries.
"We fully agree with the ex-leader of NKR Arkadi Ghukasyan in the fact
that the purpose of the conflict settlement lies not only in the
official abandonment of animosity but also in achieving historic
reconciliation between the nations, with the contacts between the civil
societies capable of promoting that goal," the MPs said. The
parliamentarians expressed hope for their urge to be answered in
Azerbaijani civil society, which can "find strength to stop blindly
following the hatred propaganda to look into the peaceful future,"