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France: Pro-Armenian rally held in front of Azeri embassy over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict02:40

France: Pro-Armenian rally held in front of Azeri embassy over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

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September 29, 2020 at 21:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pro-Armenian protesters gathered in front of the Azerbaijani embassy in Paris on Tuesday over the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Responding to a call from the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France, protesters were seen holding banners denouncing Azerbaijan's actions in the conflict as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's support of the Azerbaijani side, lit flares and chanted.

"We are here today, a few dozen metres away from the Embassy of Azerbaijan. It is normal that we are here, as French of Armenian descent to denounce the military aggression of Azerbaijan against Karabakh [that has been happening] since Sunday," explained Mourad Papazian, Co-President of association.

The conflict between the two sides resumed on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest fighting in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation. The Nagorno-Karabakh region is recognised internationally as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

France: Pro-Armenian rally held in front of Azeri embassy over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict02:40
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Pro-Armenian protesters gathered in front of the Azerbaijani embassy in Paris on Tuesday over the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Responding to a call from the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France, protesters were seen holding banners denouncing Azerbaijan's actions in the conflict as well as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's support of the Azerbaijani side, lit flares and chanted.

"We are here today, a few dozen metres away from the Embassy of Azerbaijan. It is normal that we are here, as French of Armenian descent to denounce the military aggression of Azerbaijan against Karabakh [that has been happening] since Sunday," explained Mourad Papazian, Co-President of association.

The conflict between the two sides resumed on Sunday when Azeri and ethnic Armenian soldiers exchanged fire. It's been the heaviest fighting in the region since 2016 with dozens of casualties reported. Both sides blame each other for the escalation. The Nagorno-Karabakh region is recognised internationally as part of Azerbaijan but has an independent government led by a majority group of ethnic Armenians.

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