French senator: Before talking about human rights, it’s necessary to liberate Azerbaijan’s occupied territories

French senator: Before talking about human rights, it’s necessary to liberate Azerbaijan’s occupied territories
# 15 September 2015 08:04 (UTC +04:00)

Baku – APA. Ali Hasanov, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the State Committee for Work with Refugees and IDPs, Chairman of the Republican Commission on International Humanitarian Aid has met with a delegation led by André Reichardt, President of the France-Azerbaijan Friendship Group at the French Senate.

Hasanov informed the delegation about the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, history of the problem, situation of refugees and internally displaced persons in the country, the State Committee told APA on Sept.15.

The military aggression of Armenian armed forces resulted in the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s territory – Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts, and the fact that over one million Azerbaijanis became refugees and internally displaced persons, Azerbaijan’s national and cultural wealth and infrastructure were destroyed, said the deputy PM.

Armenia, ignoring the demands of the international community, continues its illegal activities in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, Hasanov said, noting the negotiation process, mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, has not given any results.

Hasanov said the recent resolution of the European Parliament is biased, noting that this organization has no authority to adopt a resolution on Azerbaijan. “This step is an open interference in Azerbaijan’s internal affairs.”

André Reichardt, President of the France-Azerbaijan Friendship Group at the French Senate said that the visit aims to further strengthen the relations between Azerbaijan and France in all areas, including economy and tourism. He recalled that as a senator, he met three times with Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs and will meet again.

He expressed regret over the occupation of 20 percent of the Azerbaijani territory for many years. “Before talking about human rights, this problem should be solved. Unfortunately, the European Parliament’s resolution on Azerbaijan makes no mention of it. The resolution shouldn’t obscure the conflict settlement. As European countries, we need to work in two directions. First, the occupied lands must be liberated and then we must talk about human rights. The UN Security Council resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be fulfilled”, said the senator.

Nathalie Goulet, Vice-President of the France-Azerbaijan Friendship Group, said the difficulties of the conflict victims are forgotten in many cases.

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