The Congress of European Azerbaijanis has appealed to the President of France Nicolas Sarkozy. The statement says that the bill of the Lower Chamber of the French parliament on criminalizing denial of the so-called “Armenian genocide” violates right to freedom of speech and expression. It says this law tramples principles of the French state.
“We, the Congress of European Azerbaijanis, strongly condemn the adoption of this law and protest against it. The relevant law falsifies history, causes rancor, hate, revenge and enmity feelings among the nations, and undermines stability in the world. It will be useful neither for Armenia, nor Turkey, nor Azerbaijan. Peace cannot be achieved this way in Caucasus.”
The statement recalls the occupation of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, Khojaly genocide, which was committed in 1992 with participation of incumbent Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. It also states Armenian occupation drove more than 1 million Azerbaijanis from their homes. The efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group, including France as one of the co-chairs, towards peaceful solution of the conflict are not enough for the settlement of the problem.
“The European Azerbaijanis Congress demands from You and OSCE Minsk Group to guarantee justice for Khojaly. Peace cannot be built upon injustice and suppression of rights,” the statement said.