French Senate committee chairman Christian Combon calls on imposing sanctions on Turkey in regard to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

The inseparable connection between Armenia and France is manifested through unity in the French Senate today, and it must be ongoing.

This is what Chairman of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces of the French Senate Christian Combon said during discussions on recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh. “What did France do to protect the Armenians? We didn’t do anything to prevent the conflict in the territories that are sacred for Armenians. In response, we limited ourselves to calls for restraint. Turkey advanced its interests through Azerbaijan, just like it is advancing them in the Middle East and Libya. France knew that Turkey wouldn’t stop, but what did it do? All this showed that Europe isn’t a real power and it allowed the change of borders that needed to be changed through negotiations. The November 9 statement is just the second Astana in which Russia and Turkey express their interests, without taking into consideration international law.

France needs to become more actively involved in these processes and try to withdraw the Islamist forces from the region and not allow them to settle there. The war crimes need to be investigated. It is necessary to provide more humanitarian aid to Armenia and intensify the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group to settle the conflict. It is necessary to not only express a position, but also take action and impose sanctions against Turkey,” Combon added.