"There are those in France who are trying to give the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict a religious character to overshadow the issue of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity."
Professor of the French National Centre for Scientific Research historian Kerim Ifrak told the French Bureau of Report.
According to him, the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a matter of territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan. Still, several politicians and the media outlets in France are deliberately trying to give it a religious character: "There are attempts to put the Nagorno-Karabakh issue on the agenda in various distorted forms, turning a blind eye to its history. It is surprising and unfortunate, calling this conflict religious. It is done by those who don't know anything about history. In 2020, disseminating information that portrays sovereignty and territorial integrity as a spiritual issue is unacceptable, and serious measures must be taken against it. "
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is not a cultural issue but an unconditional political and geopolitical issue. "A group of people, who know that there are tensions over the issue of Islam today, turning a blind eye to the history of the conflict and deliberately raise this conflict as a religious one."