Azerbaijan demands to punish those responsible for beating two Azerbaijanis in Paris, Foreign Ministry spokesman Elman Abdullayev has said.
"The fact of beating of two Azerbaijanis is awful, and the guilty should be punished," Abdullayev said at a briefing on Friday.
On February 26, head of the House of Azerbaijan in Paris Mirvari Fataliyeva and Vusal Huseynov were beaten by representatives of the Armenian community of the French National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, during an event titled '25 years after Sumgayit: the present situation and future prospects for the people of Nagorno-Karabakh', organized by the Armenian community in France.
According to Abdullayev, the radical Armenian diaspora initiated the incident, which is evidence that they are failing to abandon their aggressive methods.
"These actions testify fist of all to the lack of respect for the laws of France. We believe that the guilty will be brought to justice," Abdullayev said.
A statement of France's Foreign Ministry released on Thursday by the French Embassy in Azerbaijan says that the ministry has condemned the act of violence committed against two Azerbaijani citizens at the National Assembly in Paris.
"France believes that resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is only possible through dialogue. France as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of dialogue between Azerbaijan and Armenia," the ministry's statement says.
The Azerbaijani citizens injured in the incident have filed a complaint to the Gendarmerie, Mirvari Fataliyeva said. According to the results of forensic tests, injuries were observed on the face of Fataliyeva and on the body of Huseynov.
Both Fataliyeva and Huseynov, who live in France, joined the event to inform the participants about the Khojaly genocide committed by Armenians against Azerbaijani civilians on that day in 1992 and began chanting relevant slogans. However, their slogans were met with threats.
The event participants, after closing the doors of the hall, brutally beat the Azerbaijanis. The incident occurred in the presence of several members of the French parliament and none of them took any preventive action.
Huseynov was seriously injured while trying to protect his fellow citizen from being beaten. His internal organs were injured and his rib was broken.