On 27 September, President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron made a phone call to President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
Emmanuel Macron expressed his country’s concern over the armed confrontation on the line of contact between Armenia and Azerbaijan and stressed the importance of resolving the conflict through negotiations.
The head of state noted that Armenia’s leadership had been consciously disrupting the process of negotiations. The statement of the Armenian leadership that “Nagorno-Karabakh is Armenia” dealt a severe blow to the negotiations. At the same time, the assertion that “Azerbaijan should negotiate with Nagorno-Karabakh” is an attempt to change the format of the talks, which is also unacceptable, as stated by the leadership of the Minsk Group.
During the telephone conversation, the head of state highlighted the course of events related to the ongoing military provocation committed by Armenia against Azerbaijan on September 27, noting that our civilians and our servicemen were killed due to heavy artillery fire on the positions of Azerbaijan’s armed forces and residential areas along the frontline. The armed forces of Azerbaijan are conducting successful counter-offensives in response.
The President of Azerbaijan noted that the political and military leadership of Armenia bears responsibility for the future developments related to Armenia’s military provocation.
During the telephone conversation, the parties agreed to establish contacts through diplomatic channels.