US News Armenia: Paris calls for "dialogue" to preserve "democracy"

18:00  26 february  2021
18:00  26 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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L st French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian called on Friday the supporters of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pachinian and opposition to "dialogue" to preserve "democracy" in this country shaken by a political crisis.

"The France hopes that dialogue can be established in this country by relying on the legitimacy of the President (Armen Sarkissian) and the Armenian Prime Minister (...) to lead to a more peaceful situation in a country which has known difficult times ", he declared during a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba.

"The elements of Armenian democracy must hold out," insisted the head of French diplomacy, worrying about the "risk of violence" in this country in view of the demonstrations that took place on Thursday.

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"We are very attached to Armenian democracy, to the stability of this country which has deep democratic springs," said Jean-Yves Le Drian.

The Prime Minister, weakened since the military defeat of his country against Azerbaijan in the fall of 2020 in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, denounced on Thursday an attempted coup after a state press release- Major having called for the resignation of the government.

He led a march of sympathizers of 20,000 people in the center of the capital, Yerevan, the opposition bringing together at least 10,000 people in front of Parliament.

Several hundred opposition supporters camped outside the Armenian parliament on Friday to demand the resignation of Nikol Pachinian.

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