The President of Azerbaijan has said that the French President has insulted Baku, therefore negotiations with Armenia cannot be held.
According to foreign media reports, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that his country does not want France to participate in peace talks with Armenia, as it has insulted the capital Baku.
Azerbaijan’s president says France can’t take part in peace talks with Armenia after ‘insulting’ Baku.
It should be noted that the four-way meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Council President Charles Michel on December 7 in Brussels was cancelled.
Aliyev said today that Macron had attacked and “insulted” Baku and should not do such things between themselves.
Recall that the decades-old dispute between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave – which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan – flared up in September.
But the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave is mostly controlled by ethnic Armenians, with support from Yerevan.
Each side controlling the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave blames the other for fueling the latest fighting, with Armenia saying Azerbaijan has seized settlements within its borders.
Recall that a ceasefire was agreed at the end of September and last month in Prague the two countries agreed to allow the establishment of a civilian EU mission on their border.
But speaking on Friday, President Aliyev accused Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan of trying to undermine the next phase of talks by pushing France to be a broker.
Speaking in English at a conference with international representatives in Baku, Aliyev said Macron attacked Azerbaijan and accused us of something we did not do.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said the French leader had taken an anti-Azerbaijani stance and was “insulting” Baku.
President Ilham Aliyev added that it is clear that under these circumstances France cannot be part of the peace process between Azerbaijan and Armenia with this attitude.