Presidential Paris Summit on Nagorno-Karabakh analysed during French National Assembly roundtable, organised by TEAS France and Azerbaijan Friends Association
Press Release On 28 January 2015, a roundtable entitled The Results and Prospects of the Paris Summit on the Peaceful Resolution of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh was organised by the French office of The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) foundation and the Azerbaijan Friends Association in the French National Assembly, chaired by French MP Jean-François Mancel.
Over 40 people attended the event, including two former French OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs, a representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, and the Azerbaijani Ambassador to France, together with many prominent figures from the diplomatic or political world and civil society. Diplomats from the Georgian, Russian and Turkish Embassies were also in attendance.
After a welcome speech by Jean-François Mancel MP and Marie-Laetitia Gourdin, Head, TEAS France, the representative of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development presented the general background to the Paris Summit that took place on 27 October between Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, initiated and brokered by French President François Hollande. The two former French OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs then outlined the operations of the OSCE Minsk Group, tasked with establishing a negotiated peace to the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, and the history, tangible results and lessons learned over the past decade, during which France has been a Co-Chair. The Azerbaijani Ambassador went on to describe the current state of negotiations regarding conflict resolution.
Many topics were raised during the extensive question-and-answer session that followed. As the 2.5-hour roundtable was drawing to an end, the organisers proposed a new meeting in autumn that would focus on the discussions that will take place alongside the UN General Assembly in September 2015.