Should the French ambassador be declared "persona non grata"?


Zardusht Alizadeh: "This is not the opinion or creativity of the French embassy. The French ambassador carries out the order of the foreign ministry representing his country"

In early July, the Azerbaijani government organized a visit of foreign ambassadors to Azerbaijan to the liberated Fizuli and Shusha. Interestingly, the ambassadors of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs - the United States, Russia and France - refused to go to Shusha. In addition, the French ambassador went a step further and stated that we will not go to Shusha until the status of "Nagorno-Karabakh" is determined. An interesting political-diplomatic picture emerges - on the one hand, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev declares that Nagorno-Karabakh has no status, on the other hand, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Azerbaijan makes a statement against this political will. A number of politicians see this as politicization of diplomacy and call on the Azerbaijani government to expel the French ambassador, declaring him a "persona non grata" (undesirable person).

We learned the opinion of political commentator, political scientist Zardusht Alizade on the issue.

The political scientist said that if the French ambassador does not go to Shusha or make a similar statement, the "khanchali stone" of the Azerbaijani government will not fall. Other embassies also carry out the political will of their government, they do not depend on the position of our government, the president. The foreign ministries of these countries ordered the ambassadors not to go to Shusha, because the Minsk Group co-chairs do not want the conflict to end. In order for the conflict to continue and for them to gain certain dividends by influencing the conflict, to keep both countries under their influence. The President of Azerbaijan states that the conflict is over and there is no need for the mediation of the Minsk Group.

Of course, Russia is in a different position. Russia is really the mother of the conflict, so Azerbaijan has to reckon with it. Although Russia does not go to Shusha in apparent solidarity with the Minsk Group, Moscow wants the United States and France to stay out of the conflict. "