France: Pro-Armenia rally held in Paris amid Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Demonstrators, including members of the Armenian diaspora in Paris rallied outside the National Assembly on Tuesday to show support for Armenia amid the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Protesters chanted and held placards reading «Recognise Artsakh» and «Silence kills.» Mourad Papazian, Co-President of Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France said, «We are here to tell Armenia, to tell Artsakh, to tell our soldiers that we are on their side and that France is with them.» «Is it possible that this is the only ethnic conflict forgotten by the world? We have come to resolve a certain number of conflicts, why isn't the Artsakh [resolution] happening nowadays?» added Valery Boyer, Senator for Bouches-du-Rhone. Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to a ceasefire on Saturday, and plan to start negotiations over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Both sides later accused each other of breaking the truce and shelling over the weekend. Fighting between the two countries broke out on September 27 when sides of the conflict exchanged fire. Several hundred deaths have been reported in the heaviest fighting since 1994, with both sides blaming each other for the escalation and an increasing number of casualties. The Nagorno-Karabakh region is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

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