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Secretary General of Council of Europe Urges Restoration of Free Movement Through Lachin Corridor


Secretary General of Council of Europe Urges Restoration of Free Movement Through Lachin Corridor

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, has expressed grave concern over the deteriorating humanitarian and human rights situation in Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and has called for immediate action to address the crisis.


In a statement, Burić emphasized her deep concern for the residents of Artsakh who are facing the severe consequences of the ongoing situation. She reiterated her previous appeals for the restoration of free movement along the Lachin corridor, a critical lifeline for the region.


Burić drew attention to the interim measures prescribed by the European Court of Human Rights regarding the Lachin Corridor, which were issued seven months ago. She underlined the urgency of heeding these measures and swiftly implementing them to alleviate the difficulties faced by the local population.


The Secretary General urged both sides involved in the conflict to engage in meaningful dialogue with the goal of promptly securing free and safe passage through the Lachin corridor. This dialogue, Burić emphasized, should also contribute to de-escalating tensions and restoring a lasting peace in the region. Burić underscored that this effort aligns with the commitments made by Armenia and Azerbaijan when they joined the Council of Europe over two decades ago.


Burić's statement reflects the growing international concern about the ongoing crisis in Artsakh and emphasizes the vital importance of restoring stability, security, and free movement to the region. As diplomatic efforts intensify, the Council of Europe calls for immediate action to alleviate the suffering of the affected population and to pave the way for a peaceful and prosperous future.


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