Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna announced on Wednesday that she planned to visit
the capitals of Azerbaijan and Armenia "
during April ", two former Soviet republics in conflict since the break-up of the USSR.
I plan to travel to Baku and Yerevan in April, (...) to recall the need for a political solution, the need for the ceasefire to which both parties have committed themselves and to underline that the threats of 'use of force is unacceptable
' declared Catherine Colonna before the senators.
This will be his first official visit to these two countries.
Freedom of movement must be restored without delay and the supply of the populations of Nagorno-Karabakh must be better assured.
Catherine Colonna, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Since December 12, a vital road linking Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh has been blocked by Azerbaijani activists who say they are protesting illegal mines in the region.
Mountainous region mainly populated by Armenians and having seceded from Azerbaijan at the collapse of the Soviet Union, Nagorno-Karabakh continues to poison relations between Yerevan and Baku.
According to the minister, the blocking of the main road, called the Lachin corridor, “
fuels tensions and dims the prospects for a political settlement which is the only one possible, including a peace agreement
This situation cannot last any longer, freedom of movement must be restored without delay and the supply of the populations of Nagorno-Karabakh must be better ensured
,” added Catherine Colonna.
A "genocide" of the Armenians
Armenia declared last week that it wanted to resort to the UN to prevent a "
" of the Armenians of the Nagorno-Karabakh enclave.
In January, the President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet accompanied by a delegation of deputies, went to Armenia to mark her "
" for the country in the face of tensions with Azerbaijan.
A first war between the two countries in the early 1990s left 30,000 dead.
They clashed again in the fall of 2020 for control of the independence region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The conflict resulted in more than 6,000 deaths and a severe defeat for Yerevan, which had to cede important territories to Baku.
But despite the presence of Russian peacekeepers, clashes in Karabakh and on the Azerbaijani-Armenian border remain frequent and threaten to derail the fragile truce reached after the 2020 war.