Azerbaijan Threatens Mayor of French City for Cooperation With Shushi

Azerbaijani Ambassador to France, Elchin Amirbayov, with Mayor of French city Bourg-les-Valence, Marlène Mourier
Azerbaijani Ambassador to France, Elchin Amirbayov, with Mayor of French city Bourg-les-Valence, Marlène Mourier

Azerbaijani Ambassador to France, Elchin Amirbayov, with Mayor of French city Bourg-les-Valence, Marlène Mourier

YEREVAN (ARMENPRESS)—Azerbaijan’s ambassador to France, Elchin Amirbayov, sent to the Mayor of Bourg-Les-Valence commune of Drôme department in southeastern France a warning document, taking into account the Charter of cooperation between the French commune and the city Shushi in Nagorno Karabakh Republic. “Armenpress” reports, citing francebleu.fr website, the warning letter arrived at the Municipality of Bourg-Les-Valence on April 21.

Mayor of Bourg-les-Valence, Marlène Mourier, noted that he views the letter as a real threat by Azerbaijan, because of which, however, he does not intend to retreat. The mayor stressed that the cooperation and friendship between Shushi and Bourg-les-Valence will continue.

France-Artsakh friendship circle uniting over 50 French politicians has issued a press release over another propaganda fraud by Azerbaijan.

As “Armenpress” was informed from the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations of MFA Armenia, the statement reads as follows:

“France-Artsakh friendship circle applied to the Secretary of State for Veterans and Memory of the Ministry of Defense of France Jean-Marc Todeschini on March 15 for checking the reliability of the information spread by the Azerbaijani Embassy. According to the mentioned information, an event dedicated to the memory of the victims of Khojaly allegedly took place on February 26 in Paris, near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Triumphal Arch.”

“It is already several years the Baku propaganda cynically uses the civilian victims of Azerbaijan for defaming the liberation forces of Nagorno-Karabakh, at the same time keeping silence over the civilian losses of Karabakh,” president of France-Artsakh friendship group Francois Rochebloine and Vice Presidents Rene Rouquet and Guy Tessier explained.

In his response on April 8, Jean-Marc Todeschini denied and officially condemned the false information spread by Azerbaijan’s embassy.

The Secretary of State mentioned that “a number of unions” were present at the event, and the Ambassador of Azerbaijan put a wreath with a note “Embassy of Azerbaijan in France” on it, an act that is regularly conducted by many other officials representing foreign countries under the auspices of the Committee of Fire.

Mr. Todeschini mentioned that the information about the event spread by Azerbaijani embassy through its own website is “false.”

The Secretary of State concluded his letter with the following, “I am sorry and condemn the speculation made by that internet website referring to the Fire burning ceremony of February 26. History and memory deserve to be transparent, true and reliable. We are responsible in front of those victims in honor of whom we organize such events”.

These exposures documenting the duplicity of the Azerbaijani authorities came to surface immediately after Azerbaijan unleashed a military aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh.

“When a country is able to shamelessly cheat the French and the international public over an incident that took place in the center of Paris, how can one believe of what it tells about something happening far away in South Caucasus. The incident near the Triumphal Arch proves the existing regime in Azerbaijan is neither reliable nor credible”, Francois Rochebloine said, adding that this dangerous strategy hampers the peaceful settlement of the conflict, as Azerbaijan regularly disseminates anti-Armenianism and hatred among its public.

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