Le Monde published an article on revision of friendship agreement with Nagorno-Karabakh

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The French newspaper Le Monde published an article related to the decision of the French authorities to revise the friendship agreements between the prefectures of French cities and Nagorno-Karabakh.

The article, in particular, notes that since 2013, 13 territorial formations of France have signed friendship agreements with Nagorno-Karabakh, which subsequently led to various differences in relations with Azerbaijan.

“On the one hand, there is an influential Armenian diaspora in France (about 600,000 people). On the other hand, Azerbaijan is an important economic partner for France: most of the French trade in the Caucasus region falls on Baku, which has significant energy resources, ” - the French edition writes.

The heads of French cities interviewed by the publication did not share the point of view of the French authorities, noting that the signing of agreements with the cities of Nagorno-Karabakh did not create a legal conflict and had no effect on the republic’s foreign policy.

In turn, some representatives of the Armenian community of France noted that the decisions taken by the courts to annul agreements with Karabakh aroused suspicions about the relations of France and Azerbaijan.

Le Monde also writes that at present there are similar agreements between French cities with Palestinian communes, Taiwan, and even Northern Cyprus, which are not recognized by the French state.

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