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France to continue efforts over Karabakh settlement — Hollande

May 12, 2014, 13:45 UTC+3 BAKU
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BAKU, May 12. /ITAR-TASS/. France feels responsibility for settling the conflict in the landlocked mountainous region of Nagorno-Karabakh, French President Francois Hollande said.

As co-chairman of the OSCE Minsk Group, France will continue its efforts aimed at resolving the conflict, Hollande told a news conference after talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilkham Aliyev on Monday.

Facilitating the peace process is one of the purposes of the visit to the region, he said.

“France maintains friendly relations with Armenia and Azerbaijan. We cannot make any distinctions between the two countries,” Hollande said.

“Our priority is to achieve progress in the settlement because the conflict hampers the development of the region and people’s contacts,” he said.


France's position on Ukraine

Europe will take resolute steps over Ukraine shortly, French President Francois Hollande has said.

The issue is being discussed with the partners, Hollande said at talks with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilkham Aliyev on Monday. “We should take a resolute position,” he said.

The visit to Azerbaijan has a special context. “It is related to the situation in Ukraine. France supports territorial integrity and favors the settlement of conflicts within this principle,” Hollande said.

“The visit to the Caucasus is not aimed against anyone. Our purpose is to contribute to developing relations between Europe and independent partners. We don’t want to prevent someone from cooperating with anyone,” he said.

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