France should give Marseille to Armenia, says Aliyev

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France should concede Marseille to Armenia if it is so keen on establishing a state, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said on Tuesday.
“What does the French Senate have to do with our cause? If they are so keen to do so, they can go ahead and give Marseille to the Armenians to establish a state, ”Aliyev said.

Last week, the French Senate passed a resolution urging the government to recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent republic.

France has supported Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, even though it is a member of the Minsk Group created in 1992 by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The Azerbaijani parliament called on France to be stripped of its mediating role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to punish the French Senate for passing the resolution.

The Azerbaijani president also urged his government to review its relations with Paris and call on the OSCE to revoke France’s role as co-chair.

Aliyev also reassured all residents of Nagorno-Karabakh that they would be embraced by Azerbaijan.

“Those who live in Nagorno-Karabakh today are Azerbaijani citizens. They will realize that their life will be better, ”Aliyev said, adding that everyone will accept the new truth about Azerbaijan’s liberation from the occupied territories.

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