In a bold statement at the international conference on “Decolonization: Women’s Empowerment and Development” in Baku, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan accused France of not only destabilizing its past and present colonies but also fanning the flames of unrest in the South Caucasus region.
President Aliyev asserted, “France destabilizes not only its past and present colonies but also our region, the South Caucasus, by supporting separatist tendencies and separatists.”
He went on to criticize France’s alleged arming of Armenia, stating that it constitutes a militaristic policy that fosters revanchist forces within Armenia, potentially laying the groundwork for new conflicts in the region.
Highlighting France’s role as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, President Aliyev accused the European nation of leveraging its status to execute a biased and prejudiced policy. He further claimed that France engages in geopolitical intrigues across various regions and attempts to wield Western organizations as tools of pressure on other states.
The remarks made by President Aliyev underscore the heightened tensions and geopolitical complexities in the South Caucasus, as accusations of interference and militaristic support continue to strain diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and France.
The international community will be closely watching for any developments in the aftermath of these allegations, which could have far-reaching implications for the stability of the region.