France remains fully committed to the search for a negotiated solution to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Feb. 21.
France calls on the parties to the conflict to work in good faith toward that end, notably by refraining from any statement or action likely to exacerbate tensions, the statement said.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.
The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.