French Circular Does Not Prohibit or Hinder Direct Ties with Artsakh, According to French Foreign Ministry

Murad Papazian, co-chair of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (Source: Yerkir Media)
Murad Papazian, co-chair of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (Source: Yerkir Media)

Murad Papazian, co-chair of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (Source: Yerkir Media)

PARIS (Nouvelles d’Armenie)—Ara Toranian and Murad Papazian, co-chairs of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF), met with the French Foreign Ministry advisor on strategic issues, Guillaume Ollagnier, to express their discontent with a joint circular of the Ministries of Foreign and Internal Affairs of France recently published by French media, according to Nouvelles d’Armenie.

According to reports, the circular issued on July 2 prevents all decentralized cooperation with the administrative and territorial units of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. The CCAF co-chairs stated that such cooperation is an inalienable right of the residents of Artsakh and a vital way for the Republic to overcome its isolation, given the current blockade in place by Azerbaijan and its military policy.

Ollagnier was called upon at the meeting with the CCAF to elaborate on circular to avoid distorted comments on the circular.

France has said that the aim of the circular is to clarify the legal frameworks of decentralized cooperation. It was sent to prefectures to remind the heads of French regions and communities about the restrictions of their power regarding the international recognition of the independence of administrative units. However, it does not prohibit or hinder the creation and development of direct ties.

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