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EU Values and Interests in the Resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: French Unilateralism

The commentary looks at the stance of France on the Second Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan and subsequently the Russian-brokered trilateral truce deal, from the angle of the norms and values of the EU. To that end, the article studies the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from the context of international law, the post-ceasefire period 1994-2020, and looks into the position of the EU on the issue of territorial integrity and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. By analyzing them, it argues that the standpoint of France is not in line with the norms and values of the EU, and also contradicts the position of a mediator state.

EU Values and Interests in the Resolution of Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict
Meeting to discuss Nagorno-Karabakh situation, between Russian President Vladimir Putin (R), Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (2L) and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan (1L) in Moscow, on January 11, 2021. Kremlin Press Service / AA
 

 

 

 

Introduction

 

Mounting tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjacent districts of Azerbaijan turned into a full-scale war on September 27, 2020. As a result of the six-week-long Second Karabakh war, the Azerbaijani army liberated considerable parts of its occupied territories including Shusha city, considered a cradle of Azerbaijani culture.

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