Baku. Etibar Mammadov – APA. “The adoption of the bill criminalizing denial of so-called “Armenian genocide” in France will have negative impact on the regional cooperation policy and regional relations of this country,” spokesman for Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Elman Abdullayev told journalists, APA reports. Commenting on resubmission of the bill criminalizing denial of so-called “Armenian genocide” to the French Parliament, Abdullayev said that the position of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry on this issue is always clear and concrete.
The spokesman said that the resubmission of this bill for discussion and its adoption in France will reduce confidence in this country as a co-chairing country of OSCE Minsk Group: “France is one of the co-chairing countries. France is a country, which is cooperating with whole region and separately with regional countries. I hope that such a step will be prevented in France. The adoption of such an unfair bill or its discussion will have negative impact on the regional cooperation of France. Today, Azerbaijan suffers from Armenia’s aggressive policy and our lands are under occupation. In this case, the adoption of any unfair decision or bill, of course, will lay the ground for a negative assessment of France’s co-chairing role by the Azerbaijani people.