Valerie Boyer: ‘We Must Recognize Nagorno-Karabakh’

Valery Boyer arrives in Stepanakert on Friday

STEPANAKERT—“We must recognize Nagorno-Karabakh, Karabakh in order to demonstrate to the world Karabakh’s democracy and to let the people of the world know that the people of Karabakh want to live free and independent,” said French member of Parliament Valery Boyer on Friday during her second visit to the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, reported RFE/RL.

Boyer, who is the author of the French bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, is also a founding member of the France-Karabakh Friendship Group, which was inaugurated last month.
“By creating the France-Karabakh Friendship Group, we have set our goal to recognize Karabakh and to secure conditions for the people of that country to live freely,” added Boyer.

Boyer is part of delegation of European legislators who are on a fact-finding mission to Karabakh and upon arrival in Stepanakert began visiting the sites and engaged in meetings with Karabakh officials.

“We continue to be your humble servants, and are awaiting your direction,” said European Parliament member from Greece Eleni Teokharus, who is also part of the delegation.

Teokharus first visited Karabakh 25 years ago as a volunteer surgeon. Visiting Karabakh today, she said that Artsakh is her second home.

“But for me Artsakh is neither a motherland nor a fatherland. It is like a new-born child, whom I cuddle and care for as a mother, because from its birth it has had difficulties. Despite this, it is now a struggling Democracy,” said Teokharus.

“Today we are here to defend the people of Nagorno-Karabakh’s right to self-determination. Regardless of which principle supersedes the other in the eyes of international law, but the day will come when we, in Europe, and the rest of the world will comprehend that people’s right to self-determination is of utmost importance,” added the Greek legislator.

The European delegation was greeted by Nagorno-Karabakh Republic Parliament Speaker Ashot Ghulian who expressed the gratitude of the people of Artsakh for the cooperation and the belief in Karabakh’s democracy by his European colleagues, reported the Aparaj newspaper, which is the official organ of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Central Committee of Artsakh.

The discussions centered on strengthening of legislative diplomatic ties. The importance of creating parliamentary friendship groups and mutual visits was highlighted.

Leaders of Karabakh parliamentary blocs Gagik Petrosian, Janna Galstian and Armen Sargsyan also took part in the meetings. The chairman of the Armenia’s Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Relations, Artak Zakaryan and parliament member Tevan Poghosyan accompanied the delegation to Artsakh.


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  1. Satenik said:

    Yes, that would be an honourable thing to do and all for the right reasons. Thank you.

  2. bigmoustache said:

    here is a french woman that has done more for armenians than our all of presidents. AMOT
    different states have already supported artsakh, the diaspora fights tirelessly for artsakh and genocide recognition…what the hell is our “president” doing? the one armenian with the loudest voice, a podium and reporters who would report what he says because he is the leader of a nation, is doing NOTHING for us.

    • GB said:

      Yes I agree with you, that he is indeed an Armenian war hero, but he does not have proper world class modern political education and background …all I pray that he will never get trapped in world politics the way Turks tried to use him, for protocols, back few years ago!!

  3. bigmoustache said:

    i respect sarkissian and am thankful for his service during the artsakh liberation and that will never diminish, but now youre a president. act like you deserve to lead our nation. get to work or pack your bags and resign.

  4. Avetis said:

    Someone should tell Valery Boyer that the best thing France can do for Armenia at this moment is to stop their support of Turks and Wahhabi Islamists inside Syria.

  5. Ari said:

    The French government should consider sending military aid and personnel to Artsakh in order to counter Turkish military assistance to Azeris.

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