Artsakh’s Democracy Can Be Example for Azerbaijan, Says French Senator

French Senator Philippe Kaltenbach

STEPANAKERT—The Republic of Artsakh, which has taken the path of democracy, could serve as a good example to Azerbaijan, Chairman of the France-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group and member of the French Senate Philippe Kaltenbach said at the Artsakh National Assembly on Wednesday.

Senator Kaltenbach, who is paying his second visit to Artsakh, says he has noticed progress in the democratic processes in the course of twelve years.

The Senator considers that the conflict with Azerbaijan should be solved exceptionally in a peaceful way and hopes that the forthcoming meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in October will be productive.

The French lawmaker considers that the Azerbaijani President has adopted a harsh stance in the negotiations and persuading Aliyev is not an easy task. He says, however, that the idea should not be abandoned, as peaceful settlement is more important.

On Tuesday, President of the Artsakh Republic Bako Sahakian met with Kaltenbach.

President Sahakian noted that France occupied a significant place on Artsakh’s foreign policy agenda, which was stipulated by the important role of France in world politics, the existence of a large Armenian diaspora there, as well as the friendly attitude of the Armenian people towards France.

According to the President, Artsakh is interested in expanding and deepening ties with France on a steady basis and is ready to do everything possible for that. Both sides considered the development of parliamentary relations and existence of necessary bases for that among the significant directions of cooperation.

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