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The negotiation process should not be stopped amid growing tension in the relations of Azerbaijan and Armenia, says the statement by the French Foreign Ministry in response to French MP Valerie Boyer's request to comment on future of the diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan after extradition and pardon
of Azerbaijani murderer Ramil Safarov.
The French ministry's response in particular says that initiation of the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers to Paris on September 2-3 by the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs Jacques Faure of France, Robert Bradtke of U.S. and Igor Popov of Russia proved quite useful. The mediators got an opportunity to have separate meetings with the ministers and express concern to the Azerbaijani minister over the Safarov case. The mediators urged both the ministers to continue efforts aimed at peaceful resolution of the Karabakh conflict, the statement reads. France intends to further contribute to peaceful
resolution of the Karabakh conflict and fulfill all its commitments of a MG co-chair-country. For this purpose, the statement says, France will have high level contacts with the both countries within the coming weeks.