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French Azerbaijanis send protest statement to country’s officials

Baku. Mubariz Aslanov – APA. The Azerbaijani community in France has issued a statement, condemning the visit of Bako Sahakyan, a representative of the so-called regime established in the territories occupied by Armenia, to France on May 17-19, the State Committee on Work with Diaspora Organizations told APA on May 21.

The statement expresses strong protest against the charter of “friendship and brotherhood” signed between Villeurbanne and Sarcelles cities of the Drôme department and the cities of Shusha and Aghdere which are under the Armenian occupation for over 20 years. 
 
The statement mentions that the ancient Azerbaijani cities of Shusha and Aghdere have been under Armenian occupation for more than two decades. Neither the France visit of the separatist regime’s president nor the signing of a document on the “charter of friendship and brotherhood’ between the two occupied Azerbaijani cities have a legal weight but these can only harm expanding friendly relations between Azerbaijan and France. The document stresses that France has recognized the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan. Therefore, the signing of a document on the “charter of friendship and brotherhood” between the occupied Azerbaijani cities of Shusha and Aghdere and the Villeurbanne and Sarcelles cities of the French department of Drôme are in complete contrast with international law. The statement addes that as a result of an Armenian aggression, 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories have been occupied and over a million Azerbaijanis forced out of their homes. 
 
The statement further goes on to mention that as part of an ethnic cleansing policy against Azerbaijanis, the Armenians committed unspeakable atrocities in Azerbaijan’s Khojaly town on the night of February 25 to 26, brutally killing women and children too without discrimination. Despite the UN resolutions on the unconditional liberation of the occupied Azerbaijanis territories, the aggressive country is still pursuing its occupying policy, carrying out illegal settlement in those territories, the statement adds. We hope that the international community and the OSCE Minsk Group co-chair country France will spare no efforts to find a fair and appropriate solution to the conflict and ensure the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.” 
 
The statement was sent to mayors, senators and parliamentarians of the Drôme department’s Villeurbanne and Sarcelles cities and other organizations.
 

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