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Armenia – Francophonie - Harlem Désir’s visit to Yerevan (October 8 to 11, 2015)

Harlem Désir will represent France at the 31st session of the Ministerial Conference of la Francophonie, which will take place from October 8 to 11 in Yerevan.

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Political relations

Our relations with Armenia are rooted in history and the presence of a community of nearly 500,000 Armenians in France. The recognition of the genocide by the law of 29 January 2001 was welcomed as evidence of France’s solidarity with the Armenian people, especially in the diaspora. A Treaty of Concord and Cooperation was signed on 12 March 1993. Finally, our role as mediator with the OSCE Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the reason for our political visibility in Armenia.

Parliamentary relations are intense and friendship groups make visits on a regular basis. The president of Armenia’s Parliament went to France in December 1999 and again in November 2004, in the context of meetings organized by the President of the Senate with his counterparts from the three countries of the South Caucasus. More recently, in December 2008, the President of the France-Armenia friendship group of the National Assembly, Mr. François Rochebloine, went to Armenia to participate in the ceremonies commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake, which caused many fatalities.

The French President (J. Chirac) went to Erevan on 30 September 2006; this visit made it possible to formally mark the opening of the “Year of Armenia in France” and to stress the importance attached, at the highest level in both countries, to the development of our bilateral ties. For the 11th time since taking office in 1998, President Kotcharian made an official visit to France in February 2007. Prime Minister Serge Sarkissian visited Paris in October 2007, at which time he met with the French President and the Prime Minister. Armenia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Edward Nalbandian went to Paris twice in 2008 (April and May) and once in May 2009 for meetings with Foreign and European Affairs Minister Bernard Kouchner. Finally, in November 2008, President Sarkissian visited France and was received by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Prime Minister François Fillon, as well as Senate President Gérard Larcher.

Updated on 12.03.09



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