Jean-Michel Brun, Executive Director of Trend News Agency's
lagazetteaz.fr newspaper, has published an
article dedicated to the canceled meeting of
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia
Nikol Pashinyan that was scheduled on December 7 in Brussels,
It is mentioned in the article that since Armenian
Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan demanded the participation of
France's President Emmanuel Macron in the meeting in Brussels,
President Ilham Aliyev canceled the meeting.
'Assistant to President Ilham Aliyev, Hikmet Hajiyev,
was contacted from Charles Michel's office, President of the
European Council. He was informed that Armenia's prime minister
will agree to the meeting only if French President Emmanuel Macron
also participates. Why is it necessary to have the participation of
Emmanuel Macron, who deliberately and without explanation has taken
the side of Armenian nationalists and is the co-chairman of the
former OSCE Minsk Group, which has lost its legitimacy as an
arbitrator?' wrote the French journalist.
'Perhaps a reason could be stated as the fact that for
Pashinyan, who is weakened due to his country's defeat on the
battlefield, the presence of an unconditional supporter such as
Emmanuel Macron is kind of a way to feel stronger. However,
Armenia's prime minister should be cautious,' he added.
According to Brun, Pashinyan is not really confident
that the support of France's president is sincere. As a reason, he
mentioned the fact that Emmanuel Macron expressed the desire to
personally attend the annual dinner of the Coordinating Council of
Armenian Organizations in France, the Chairman of which is Murad
Papazyan, who is prohibited from entering Armenia. During the
meeting, Macron once more stated that 'France will always stand
The author noted that France has been exaggerating the
'Armenian issue' since the last presidential election and that the
only reason former French presidential candidates Eric Zemmour and
Valérie Pécresse visited Yerevan was to gather the voices of
700,000-800,000 French Armenians.
'This also strengthens their image as 'defenders of
'Christian' country in the middle of 'Islamic' ocean,' as Eric
Zemmour put it . This explains Emannuel Macron's
fondness for Armenia, who decided to catch the fish in the same
water as the ultra-right French 'Republicans',' added Brun.
The author noted that for President Ilham Aliyev, the
condition of Pashinyan to involve the French president in the
meeting is unacceptable.
'And this means that there will be no meeting,' wrote
the French journalist, citing the statement made by President Ilham
Aliyev at the international conference 'Along the Middle Corridor:
Geopolitics, Security, and Economy', which was held on November 25
at ADA University.
The article also mentions Macron's anti-Azerbaijani
statements on French television on October 9 of this year in
connection with the second Karabakh war, which forces Azerbaijan to
reconsider France's efforts in the peace process.
Brun also noted that Nikol Pashinyan could not be
unaware of the reaction of Azerbaijan and knew that the
cancellation of the meeting would please only Russia, Armenia's
long-time ally. Russia indeed could not accept the negotiations
without its participation in the region, which it considers its
own, believing that the West tried to gain a foothold in the region
by taking advantage of the Russian-Ukrainian confrontation. In
addition, the prospect of Russian mediation is unlikely to appeal
to Macron, the article notes.
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