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The president of the Congress of New Caledonia, Roch Wamytan (right), in Matignon, Paris, April 11, 2023.

Two days after the recall of the French ambassador to Azerbaijan for “consultations”, the elected independentist Omayra Naisseline signed, on April 18, a memorandum within the title of the president of the Congress of New Caledonia, sealing the institution of cooperation with the Parliament of Azerbaijan. A non-concerted initiative which arouses indignation and incomprehension on the archipelago as a result of this oil and fuel state, situated on the sting of the Caspian Sea, is led by authoritarian President Ilham Aliev.

In September 2023, following a lightning offensive, Azerbaijan took complete management of Nagorno-Karabakh, and expelled the roughly 120,000 Armenians who lived there. This has sparked tensions in current months, notably between Baku and Paris, which supported Armenia.

In New Caledonia, reactions from the non-independence camp weren’t lengthy in coming after the publication of an article reporting the information within the native press. This settlement is taken into account by loyalist elected officers as a “shame for the institution”particularly for the reason that partnership had not been the topic “of no consultation” and what’s extra, with a rustic which has “guilty of horrible crimes against his own population”. All non-independence teams within the Congress are demanding the pure and easy cancellation of this rapprochement between the New Caledonian deliberative meeting and the National Assembly of Azerbaijan.

Needs of the independence combat

During an alternate with The world, the president of the establishment, the separatist Roch Wamytan (Caledonian Union), was shocked by the thrill brought on. He remembers that that is the fifteenth settlement of this sort that he has concluded with parliaments world wide, whereas recognizing that the geopolitical scenario between France and the Caucasian nation is complicated. He assures that his intention was by no means to intervene in these issues which transcend New Caledonia.

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It was he who, initially, was to signal the letter of intent for this settlement relating particularly to cultural and sporting exchanges and even to the coaching of parliamentarians. However, he was not in a position to be a part of the delegation which went to Azerbaijan from April 16 to 19, made up of an elected independence official in addition to customary senators, with a view to getting ready the COP-29, which can happen in November in Baku. There was additionally discuss of extra political exchanges inside the framework of the hyperlinks developed between the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) and Azerbaijan within the Baku initiative group, arrange on the sidelines of a ministerial summit of the Non-Aligned Movement, in July 2023.

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