In a move that has intensified diplomatic tensions, France opposed Azerbaijan’s proposal to host the 29th Conference of Parties (COP29) in the recently liberated territories of Nagorno-Karabakh. The dispute over the choice of venue reflects the complex geopolitical dynamics in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Azerbaijan, eager to showcase the revitalization and development of the territories it regained control of during the conflict, has put forward a bid to host COP29 in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
France, however, has expressed reservations, citing the unresolved status of Nagorno-Karabakh and the delicate post-conflict situation. French officials argue that hosting a major international conference in the disputed territories could exacerbate tensions and hinder efforts to find a lasting and peaceful resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue.
The disagreement has sparked a diplomatic back-and-forth between the two countries, with each side presenting its case on the international stage.