Armenia has requested a urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council on humanitarian crisis in Nagorno KarabaghArmenian enclave blockaded by Azerbaijan for eight months.
“The Republic of Armenia has addressed the UN Security Council on August 11 to request an extraordinary meeting due to the worsening humanitarian situation in Nagorno Karabagh as a result of the full blockade to which its population is subjected, ”says an official statement.
A group of UN experts said this week that Azerbaijan’s blockade of the lachinthe only access route from Armenia to the territory of Nagorno Karabagh, has led to a humanitarian crisis that Baku may end up allowing the reopening of that route.
In a statement, the experts recalled that the corridor has been blocked since December 12, 2022, “causing in the population (of Nagorno Karabakh) severe shortages of food, medicine and hygiene products”.
In this regard, they urged Azerbaijan to allow the free movement of people, vehicles and cargo through Lachín in both directions, in compliance with the ceasefire agreement that ended a war over Nagorno Karabagh in 2020 that Baku won.
They also asked the Russian peacekeepers in the area to protect the corridor, also in compliance with the agreements signed three years ago.
The signatories of the statement are the UN rapporteurs for food (Michael Fakhri), education (Farida Shaheed), and those responsible for defending the rights of the elderly (Claudia Mahler) and the disabled (Gerard Quinn).
Nagorno Karabagh, historically populated by Armenians, was internationally recognized as Azerbaijani territory after the fall of the Soviet Union.
Azerbaijan regained control over much of the region, which it had not controlled since the 1990s war, following its 2020 offensive.
At the same time, an agreement on the ceasefire sponsored by Russia contemplated the possibility of communication between Armenia and the Armenian population of Nagorno Karabakh, where some 120,000 peoplethrough the Lachín corridor, a route that has been closed for eight months now.
In this regard, the President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), bujar osmaniexpressed concern about the situation of the civilian population due to the blockade of the Lachín corridor.
Osmani, the North Macedonian foreign minister, held telephone talks on Thursday with his counterparts from Armenia and Azerbaijan, asking them for a “constructive dialogue” to achieve a solution that prevents the suffering of the civilian population, the OSCE reported in a statement.
He also expressed his “concern” about the impact on the civilian population, particularly vulnerable groups, due to the blockade.
“President Osmani stressed that humanitarian considerations and the immediate needs of the people should prevail,” said that note.
On Tuesday, the Armenian Police detained at least 14 people who were demonstrating in front of the Government building, demanding the opening of the Lachín corridor.
(With information from EFE and Europa Press)
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