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Artsakh President Urgently Appeals for Global Action Amid Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe

Artsakh's President Arayik Harutyunyan

In a bold move to address the escalating security and humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh, President Arayik Harutyunyan has issued an impassioned plea to leaders of all UN Security Council member states, the UN Secretary General, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, the President of the European Council, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia. Harutyunyan's fervent call urges swift international intervention to counter the dire situation resulting from Azerbaijan's blockade of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

In the letters dispatched to global leaders, Harutyunyan emphasizes the urgent need for effective measures to halt the illegal blockade imposed by Azerbaijan on Artsakh. The President draws attention to the systematic mass crimes and acts of terrorism committed against the people of Artsakh, underscoring the gravity of the situation.

The President's communication outlines a series of alarming developments that have unfolded since Azerbaijan's actions:

  • The illegal blockade of the Lachin (Kashatagh) Corridor, a vital lifeline connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to the outside world, has left approximately 120,000 residents of Nagorno-Karabakh under siege since December 12, 2022.

  • Humanitarian movement through the Lachin Corridor, essential for delivering aid and supplies, has been hampered, exacerbating the crisis.

  • Disruption of electricity and gas supply by Azerbaijan has plunged Nagorno-Karabakh into a state of energy and humanitarian emergency, impacting daily lives and vital services.

  • The establishment of illegal checkpoints and forceful control over movements within the Lachin Corridor has intensified the isolation of Nagorno-Karabakh.

  • Blockades on transportation, including humanitarian efforts by organizations like the Red Cross, have further deepened the humanitarian crisis.

  • Continued aggression and threats of force by Azerbaijan pose a direct threat to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, with manifestations of ethnic hatred and terrorism.

President Harutyunyan's plea highlights the dire consequences of these actions, including food shortages, agricultural disruptions, medical supply shortages, and threats to the lives and well-being of vulnerable groups.

The President's letter serves as a rallying cry for the international community to fulfill their obligations and take prompt action to address the crisis. Harutyunyan warns that failure to intervene could lead to catastrophic consequences not only for Nagorno-Karabakh but for the entire region.

The situation remains highly volatile, with Azerbaijan's actions undermining international agreements and court rulings. Harutyunyan's appeal resonates as a resolute call for united global action to avert an impending catastrophe and protect the lives of Artsakh's people.


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