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Armenia Slams UN for Failure to Prevent Ethnic Cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh, Urges the UN to Address NK Atrocities: A Call for Accountability

Armenia Slams UN for Failure to Prevent Ethnic Cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh, Urges the UN to Address NK Atrocities: A Call for Accountability
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In a compelling statement to the United Nations, Armenia's Permanent Representative, Mher Margaryan, expressed deep concerns over the international body's failure to address the severe violations in Nagorno-Karabakh. Despite clear warning signs and calls for intervention, the UN's response fell short, raising questions about the organization's commitment to protecting populations from atrocity crimes.

UN's Failure to Act: A Breach of Fundamental Principles

Margaryan highlighted that the UN's inaction not only constitutes a breach of its foundational principles but also reflects a departure from the globally endorsed commitment to the Responsibility to Protect populations from atrocities, including genocides and ethnic cleansings. Addressing the annual report of the UN Secretary-General, he urged the organization to acknowledge the gravity of these violations and reflect on the failure to prevent them.

Barbaric Siege and Ethnic Cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh

Highlighting a disturbing example, Margaryan condemned the blockade and starvation of Nagorno-Karabakh's population, coupled with a barbaric siege on its only transportation lifeline. Starting in December 2022 and escalating in September 2023 with deadly military actions against innocent civilians, this premeditated ethnic cleansing occurred under the watch of the international community. The consequences include widespread forced displacement, immense civilian suffering, and a blatant violation of international law.

ICJ's Decisions: A Call for Compliance

Margaryan reminded the international community that from 2021 to 2023, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued eight provisional measures against Azerbaijan. These measures include ensuring unimpeded movement along the Lachin Corridor and facilitating the safe return of those forced out of Nagorno-Karabakh after September 19, 2023. Emphasizing the importance of compliance with the ICJ's decisions, Margaryan stressed that failure to do so undermines international law and challenges the integrity of the global legal system.

Armenia's Commitment to Accountability

Expressing Armenia's commitment to accountability and fighting impunity, Margaryan highlighted the country's recent accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, effective since February 1, 2024. He emphasized that promoting justice and accountability remains essential in guiding the UN's work.

Steadfast Support for Strengthening the UN

In conclusion, Margaryan affirmed Armenia's unwavering support for efforts to strengthen the efficiency, resilience, and integrity of the United Nations in the face of current and evolving challenges. The statement serves as a call for the international community to address the atrocities in Nagorno-Karabakh and uphold the principles of justice and accountability.


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