French politician Laurent Wauquiez, a former leader of France's center-right Les Republicains party, has published a map supporting Karabakh as part of Armenia.
However, the map also shows Georgia’s Akhalkalaki region as Armenian territory.
J’avais promis de ne jamais abandonner l’Arménie et Artsakh.— Laurent Wauquiez (@laurentwauquiez) October 5, 2020
Aujourd’hui, la Région débloque 55 000€ pour acheminer 13 tonnes de médicaments et de matériel d’urgence aux familles arméniennes qui ont tout perdu à Artsakh.
Je le redis : nous ne vous laisserons pas seuls. pic.twitter.com/V71bGyYi5g
French Ambassador to Georgia Diego Colas says that the map ‘does not represent the view of the French government.’
I saw a pic of a map by a French politician. This map obviously does not represent the view of the ???????? government. ???????? govt respect and support for ???????? territorial integrity is well known and essential for us.— Diégo Colas (@ColasDiego) October 6, 2020
Georgian Foreign Ministry press officer Mari Narchemashvili wrote that according to initial enquiries, the map is widely used by an organization of nationalist profile functioning in France and it is in no way connected with the French official authorities.
The building where the President of the Regional Council (Laurent Wauquiez) is based also serves as an office of the nationalist organization mentioned above,” she said.
Hostilities are currently underway between Georgia’s two neighbouring countries Azerbaijan and Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh.