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Emmanuel Macron and Nancy Pelosi renew their support for Armenia

Emmanuel Macron reiterated on Friday his call for the respect of the ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan to the Armenian Prime Minister, while the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, announced travel to Yerevan on Saturday.

In a telephone interview with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian on Friday, September 16, Emmanuel Macron again called on Armenia and Azerbaijan « to respect the ceasefire », concluded on Wednesday under the aegis of Russia. .

Fighting between the two countries this week has claimed more than 200 lives. At the heart of these tensions: a dispute over the Nagorno-Karabakh region which has once again degenerated into clashes, the most violent since the conflict in the fall of 2020.

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The French president « recalled his determination to allow dialogue and the continuation of negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, for a lasting peace in the region », reported the Elysee. And to reaffirm « its attachment to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and security of Armenia ».

For her part, the speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, indicated on Friday that she would go to Armenia on Saturday. « Tomorrow, we will pay a visit to Armenia », declared Nancy Pelosi, answering a question in this direction, during a press conference, held on the occasion of the meeting during two days of the presidents of the Parliaments of the G7, in Berlin.

Stating that the Armenians had made an invitation a long time ago, she refused to « give more details about the visit » for security reasons. Nancy Pelosy added that the visit was taking place under the sign of « respect for human rights and respect for the dignity of each person ».

The balance sheet is likely to increase

For decades, they have opposed each other, sometimes with arms, over Nagorno-Karabakh, an enclave in Azerbaijani territory internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but populated and controlled, until the 2020 conflict, by Armenians. .

Armenia accuses Azerbaijan of having attacked and seized localities even on its territory, beyond Nagorno-Karabakh, this week. Azerbaijan, for its part, claims to have responded to Armenian « provocations ».

A Moscow-brokered ceasefire ended the fighting on Wednesday evening but the border situation remains tense, Pashinyan said on Friday. The two countries, which reject the responsibility for these new fights, warned that these assessments risked becoming heavier.

With AFP

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