Turkey slams French senate motion recognising Nagorno-Karabakh

Turkey strongly rejects a resolution in the French senate urging that the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region be recognised as an independent republic, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Thursday. 

"(The decision) once again showed that France is part of the problem not the solution in the Karabakh issue," Anadolu cited Turkey’s Defence Minister Hulusi Akar as saying.

Nagorno-Karabakh formally lies within Azerbaijan’s territory but operated as an autonomous administration led by ethnic Armenians following fighting that erupted with dissolution of the Soviet Union.

In September, Azeri forces launched a military offensive to retake the enclave, a move supported by Turkey but strongly condemned by France.

On Wednesday, France’s upper house passed a non-binding motion condemning what it described as Azerbaijan’s military aggression and calling on the French government to take tougher action.

Clashes ended following a Russian-brokered ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia on Nov. 10, but France has raised concerns that other international powers have been excluded from the deal.

Turkey has indicated it will send troops to Azerbaijan to monitor the peace agreement, potentially bypassing the so-called Minsk group, created by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 1992 in an effort to resolve the dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, and chaired by the United States, Russia and France.