Azerbaijan’s parliament on Thursday slammed a resolution by the French Senate urging the recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh as "a republic."
"This step of the French Senate does not fit into the commitments undertaken by France within the global strategy on EU foreign and security policy, including documents on the territorial integrity of countries consistently adopted since 2016 by the EU Council," it said in a statement.
The statement stressed that such a republic has not been recognized by any country.
"The implementation of the provisions of this resolution has the potential to deal a crushing blow to the EU and its Eastern Partnership program," it added.
The parliament underlined that one of the main reasons for the "unresolvedness" of the nearly three-decade-long Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was that the states that played the role of international mediator in peace negotiations, in particular France, "didn’t call the aggressor [by] their name, didn’t differentiate between the occupier and the occupied."
The parliament appealed to the Azerbaijani government to appeal to the OSCE leadership for the withdrawal of France from the co-chairmanship of the OSCE Minsk Group, which, "by its position and appeals of the last days, casts doubt on its [impartiality]."
Paris does not recognize the so-called "Nagorno-Karabakh Republic," French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement.
She added that France's responsibility as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair is to work for the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through negotiations.
Relations between the former Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Armenia have been tense since 1991 when the Armenian military occupied Nagorno-Karabakh, also known as Upper Karabakh, a territory internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, and seven adjacent regions.
In total, about 20% of Azerbaijan’s territory has been under illegal Armenian occupation for nearly three decades.
New clashes erupted on September 27 and the Armenian army continued its attacks on civilian and Azerbaijani forces, even violating three humanitarian cease-fire agreements for 44 days.
On November 10, 2020, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev announced the end of the Karabakh conflict between Baku and Yerevan with the new agreement.