The declaration of friendship signed with Shushi is lawful, and I will appeal the verdict of the administrative court. Marlène Mourier, the Mayor of Bourg-lès-Valence, France, wrote this on Facebook.
France city mayor to appeal court decision annulling declaration of friendship with Artsakh’s Shushi
STEPANAKERT, JUNE 17, ARTSAKHPRESS: French administrative court has annulled the declaration of friendship which Mourier had signed in October 2014, with mayor Artsvik Sargsyan of Shushi.
“I appeal the interpretation of the administrative court which called this declaration illegal. I am convinced that this declaration is accordance with the legislative order and announce that I will appeal the ruling”, the Mayor wrote on Facebook, relying on the words of French President Emmanuel Macron who announced during the dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organization of France that the programs relating to education and humanitarian areas, which are the most important parts of declarations, will not be subject to state persecutions.
“I’ve been to Shushi many times and have come to realize how the expressions of humanity and friendship awaken hope in the hearts of a population which hostile Azerbaijan is attempting to suffocate,” the mayor of Bourg-lès-Valence added. “This decision is perceived very badly and is not understood in French-loving and francophone Artsakh and Shushi. The ties created between the people of Bourg-lès-Valence and Shushi remain very strong.”