Azerbaijani community in Nagorno-Karabakh wants France to be removed from OSCE group in Minsk

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Tural Ganjaliyev, head of the Azerbaijani community in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, said on Friday that the community wanted France to withdraw from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk group.“France, which has no connection with the region, took its place as co-chair by taking advantage of Azerbaijan’s weakened situation at the time. We demand that France quit the post of co-chair, ”Ganjaliyev told Agence Anadolu (AA).

“The situation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs needs to be reviewed. We want to see Turkey as one of the co-chairs of the Minsk group, because Turkey is a country that brings stability and well-being. France, on the other hand, is making the problem more tense, ”he said.

“France launches slander against Azerbaijan. They don’t recognize our rights, ”Ganjaliyev said.

Ganjaliyev said the Azerbaijani army cleared its land of terrorists and occupation forces in a successful operation, adding that hundreds of thousands of Karabakh people stood behind Baku and the army.

“The only thing we want is to return to our lands,” he continued, explaining that people have not been able to visit the graves or the lands of their ancestors for 30 years.

Relations between the two former Soviet republics have been strained since 1991, when the Armenian army occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, an internationally recognized territory of Azerbaijan.

Fighting in the region erupted again on September 27, when Armenian forces targeted Azerbaijani settlements and civilian military positions, causing casualties.

The Minsk Group, co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States, was formed in 1992 to find a peaceful solution to the conflict, but to no avail. A ceasefire, however, was agreed in 1994.

Several United Nations resolutions, as well as many international organizations, demand the withdrawal of invading forces.

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