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France expresses its willingness to help protect the cultural heritage of Naqqa

France expresses its willingness to help protect the cultural heritage of Naqqa

GANJA, AZERBAIJAN - OCTOBER 06: A man poses to camera from a building damaged by recent shelling during a military conflict over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, in the city of Ganja, Azerbaijan October 6, 2020 Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues with both sides accusing the other of strikes on civilian settlements. The heart of the conflict is the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, which is legally considered to be part of Azerbaijan but largely populated by ethnic Armenians who declared independence in 1991. (Photo by Aziz Karimov/Getty Images)

Paris, November 20 French President Macron called through social media on the evening of the 19th to protect the cultural and religious heritage of the Nagorno-Karabakh (Naka) region under the framework of UNESCO, and expressed France’s willingness to help.

According to a press release issued by the French presidential palace, Macron held videoconferences with Azerbaijani President Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Pashiniyan on the 19th to discuss some issues that need to be resolved urgently after the ceasefire agreement reached in the Naka region recently.

After the videoconference, Macron tweeted that France is willing to help protect the cultural and religious heritage of the Naca region and its surrounding areas within the framework of UNESCO. He stressed that only a ceasefire can protect the cultural heritage of the region.

On November 9, the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a statement declaring a complete ceasefire in the Naka region from 00:00 Moscow time on the 10th.

The Naka region is located in southwest Azerbaijan, and its residents are mostly ethnic Armenians. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the ownership of the Innaqa region.

In 1994, the two sides reached an agreement on a comprehensive ceasefire, but the two countries have been in a state of hostility over the Naqqa issue, and armed conflicts have occurred from time to time.

On September 27 this year, a new round of conflict broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Inaka issue.

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