The upper house must vote on a text on a draft resolution aimed at recognizing the “Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh” supported by elected officials from all political stripes.
On November 25, a vote will be held in the Senate on a draft resolution concerning the recognition of “the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh”. The text is co-signed by the two main components of the right-wing senatorial majority and by the three left-wing groups.
This proposal – which has no binding value – was placed on the agenda of the upper house at the request of its president, member of the Republicans (LR) Gérard Larcher. Co-signed by the presidents of the LR (Bruno Retailleau), centrist (Hervé Marseille), PS (Patrick Kanner), Communist-majority CRCE (Eliane Assassi) and ecologist (Guillaume Gontard) groups, it has every chance of being adopted .
On November 19 – the day after the text was recorded at the Presidency of the Senate – Bruno Retailleau spoke in these terms on Sud-Radio: “This is a first. Practically 20 years ago, France was of all the nations of the world the first to recognize the Armenian genocide; undoubtedly that for the first time in the Senate, on November 25, we will vote a resolution to condemn the actions of Mr. Erdogan and also request an international investigation for the war crimes committed there, in particular in Nagorno-Karabakh , but above all to ask for the recognition of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh ”.
A similar text was tabled in October in the National Assembly. It was also co-signed by deputies from all sides, including François Pupponi (ex-PS), Jean-Christophe Lagarde (UDI), Aurore Bergé (LREM) or Michèle Tabarot (LR). This “motion for a resolution on the recognition of the Republic of Artsakh” denounces the “war of unprecedented violence against the population of Nagorno-Karabakh (its Armenian name, Artsakh)” launched by Azerbaijan on September 27 , which is why she asks “that the fundamental rights of the population of Artsakh be recognized and protected by the formal recognition of the Republic of Artsakh”.
With 600,000 members, France has the largest Armenian diaspora in Europe. Deep ties and a long friendship between the two countries which weighed in the transpartisan choice to defend Nagorno-Karabakh, a region mainly populated by Armenians landlocked in Azerbaijan. A cease-fire was signed on November 9 between Yerevan and Baku under the aegis of Moscow in order to put an end to the deadly fighting which had resumed in the region two months ago.