Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenian churches in France await “strong acts” from the international community

Armenian churches in France expect “strong acts” from the international community

While the Armenian Prime Minister and the Azerbaijani President plan to meet in Spain next month to discuss after the military operation that Azerbaijan has just carried out against the Armenian separatists in Nagorno Karabakh, the Armenian Churches of France publish a press release to denounce the extermination of Armenians in this region under high tension.  

“We are tired of making appeals that are not heard by anyone!” In a press release published on September 22, the Armenian Churches of France denounced "the extinction of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh" and called on the international community to take strong measures. 

"Since September 19, Azerbaijan has been carrying out a vast offensive that it describes as an 'anti-terrorist operation' against the peaceful civilian population of Nagorno-Karabakh. On Tuesday alone, the Azeri army killed 27 Armenians, including one child, injured more than 200 people and forced the displacement of more than 4 civilians. The modus operandi of this offensive is reminiscent of that of the attack of September 000. It was preceded by a vast communication operation 'using elements of language and totally fallacious arguments on the theme of 'Armenian provocations'." Can we read in this document which expresses all the weariness of Armenian Christians in France, while history continues to repeat itself.

They affirm, "in reality it is only the political and military completion of a plan for the extermination of the Armenians of the region in the broadest sense of the term, which aims in the more or less short term the Republic of 'Armenia and its people'. 

"The figures speak for themselves: half a million Armenians lived in Azerbaijan in 1989. Today there are only a few hundred left in Baku - most often "mixed" couples - who hide their identity so as not to be persecuted."

“The ethnic cleansing undertaken by Azerbaijan since its creation has therefore, since September 19, entered its final phase,” they lament. 

Faced with this observation, the Armenian Churches of France declare that they expect "strong acts from the 'international community'", in particular a "firm and unequivocal condemnation of the Azerbaijani aggressor", "international sanctions against of this country and its leaders", "the sending of an international interposition force to Nagorno Karabakh", "the sending of real humanitarian aid to the 120 Armenians in the region", as well as "the implementation to study a measure by the UN of the secession-remedy procedure for Nagorno-Karabakh". 

According to Agence France Presse, Armenia announced on Sunday that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev planned to meet in Spain next month. The meeting is scheduled for October 5 in Granada (south) with the participation of French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and European Council President Charles Michel, the Armenian Security Council said in a statement.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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