The French Senate voted to urge the government to recognize the disputed Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent republic.

Iran Press/Europe: The French Senate has passed a resolution containing a call on the government to officially recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, 305 senators out of 306 present voted for the resolution on Wednesday.

According to Tass, "The Senate urges the French government to recognize the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and use this recognition as a tool in the talks to establish lasting peace," the approved document notes.

In turn, French Secretary of State at the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne expressed the opinion that "unilateral recognition of Karabakh will do no good for anyone" and will not serve to boost mediation efforts. 

The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Azerbaijan stated in a statement that the resolution was drafted by a group of senators who were "strongly pro-Armenian."

"The adoption of a fully unilateral resolution by the Senate can only be considered a provocative act," the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

A new round of clashes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia in the Nagorno-Karabakh region resumed on September 27, killing and injuring thousands on both sides. 219

Armenia and the Republic of Azerbaijan reached an agreement on November 10, mediated by Russia, to end the war in Nagorno-Karabakh.