France's Unexpected Support For Progress In Baku-Yerevan Talks - What's In It For Paris?

(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 13. The French Ministryof Foreign Affairs has surprisingly supported the negotiationsbetween the Foreign Ministers of Azerbaijan and Armenia inAlmaty.

In its statement, Paris also urged for“the continuation of theborder delimitation process based on agreed principles”.

The delayed reaction from Paris, considering that the agreementbetween Baku and Yerevan to commence the delimitation process -leading to the transfer of four villages in the Gazakh district toAzerbaijan - was reached as far back as April 19, speaksvolumes.

France has long lost any sway over the negotiation process inthe South Caucasus due to its firmly pro-Armenian stance, it's no surprise that Paris isn't pleased with theprogress in normalizing relations between Baku and Yerevan.

Given recent events such as the recall of the French ambassadorfrom Baku, accusations against Azerbaijan of actions allegedlydamaging relations with Paris, and a spy scandal, such statementscome off as insincere and pointless.

Baku's position is crystal clear - there's no room for thirdparties in negotiations with Yerevan. And even in Armenia, thisunderstanding seems to be taking hold. All that remains is for theÉlysée Palace to come to terms with these new realities.


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