France urges Russia to resolve “ambiguities” in Karabakh ceasefire

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France on Tuesday called on Russia to lift the “ambiguities” on the ceasefire that it negotiated between Armenia and Azerbaijan to end the fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh, particularly with regard to the role of Turkey and foreign fighters.”We must remove the ambiguities on the refugees, the delimitation of the ceasefire, the presence of Turkey, the return of the combatants and on the start of negotiations on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh”, the Minister told Parliament. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Russian President Vladimir Putin negotiated a ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, which allowed Azerbaijan to consolidate its gains after several weeks of fighting.

But the talks did not involve France or any other Western country.

Le Drian added that the issues would be discussed at a meeting of diplomats in Moscow of the Minsk group on Karabakh, which is co-chaired by France, Russia and the United States and leads efforts to find a solution to the conflict. .

Nagorno-Karabakh is a region of Azerbaijan populated by ethnic Armenians who broke control of Baku in a war that erupted when the Soviet Union collapsed.Azerbaijan has never hidden its desire to regain control and six weeks of fighting ended earlier this month with large parts of Karabakh and surrounding areas re-held by Baku, as part of a widely considered a major defeat for Armenia.

France has a sizable Armenian minority concentrated in several cities and has been extremely critical of Turkey’s support for Baku in the conflict, which President Emmanuel Macron says has extended to sending Syrian fighters to the region.

It remains unclear whether Turkey plans to send its own troops to play a role in the ceasefire agreement.

“The departure of foreign fighters deployed in the conflict is a fundamental element for the stability of the region,” said a French diplomatic source, who asked not to be named.

Le Drian denied that France was passive in the conflict by not supporting Armenia, saying that “discussions have already started” on the future status of Karabakh with Putin and the United States.

“The ceasefire was essential to save thousands of lives. But there are ambiguities, ”said Le Drian.

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