French FM: Status quo in Nagorno-Karabakh conflict only aggravates the situation

Paris, March 24, AZERTAC

French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development Jean-Marc Ayrault has reiterated the unacceptability of the status quo in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Such conflicts should be solved only through diplomacy. The status quo is a political choice that only aggravates the situation,” he said in response to a question from AZERTAC`s Paris-based correspondent following his remarks on the international situation.

“We do not want hostilities. Together with Russia and the United States, France co-chairs the OSCE Minsk Group which is working to find a peaceful solution to the conflict through negotiations,” Ayrault said.

“The status quo is definitely unacceptable for us. I accompanied Mr Francois Hollande during his meetings with both presidents. He reaffirmed France`s readiness to help with the conflict resolution. If the sides want to conduct talks and reach peace, France is ready to organize a conference,” the French FM added.

Shahla Aghalarova

Special Correspondent