Marlène Mourier, the Mayor of the French city of Bourg-Lès-Valence, has declared that the friendship agreement with Artsakh’s Shushi is legal. She has also revealed the intention to appeal the judgment of the administrative court.
“I disagree with the interpretation administrative court, which found this charter illegal. I remain convinced of its conformity with the legal provisions and I announce that I will appeal this judgment by relying on the remarks made by the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, at the CCAF dinner of February 5, during which he assured that state censorship would not affect projects in the fields of education and humanitarian aid,” the Mayor said.
Beyond the legal aspects, she said her moral commitment to the residents of Shushi remains intact.
“I have visited Shushi several times and have seen the tremendous manifestation of hope and friendship among the people that Azerbaijan wants to quell,” Marlène Mourier added.
The friendship between the French and Artsakh cities will get a boost following the courts’ decisions to declare the friendship agreements invalid, Artsakh’s Representative to France Hovhannes Gevorgyan told Public Radio of Armenia last week.
The Mayors of the French cities of Valence, Bourg-les-Valence, Bourg-de-Péage and Arnouville intend to maintain friendly relations with the people of Artsakh, despite the administrative courts’ decisions to revoke the friendship agreements with Artsakh cities, he said.
The Artsakh Foreign Ministry issued a statement, welcoming the announcement of Mayors of the French cities of Valence, Bourg-les-Valence, Bourg-de-Péage and Arnouville on their intention to maintain the friendly relations with the people of Artsakh, despite the administrative courts’ verdicts.