Genocide warning as Azerbaijan continues to block the only road connecting Artsakh to Armenia.
Azerbaijan has been imposing a blockade on Artsakh and its 120,000 Armenian residents since 12 December 2022 by blocking the Berdzor (Lachin) corridor, which is the only road connecting Artsakh with Armenia.
As Artsakh is under a complete blockade, this prevents food, medicine and other vital goods from transiting to the population of Artsakh. The supplies of food and medicine have already started to run out, a humanitarian catastrophe is imminent. One of the seriously ill patients in need of medical care has died due to the Azerbaijani blockade as it was impossible to transport him to Yerevan. Many other patients, including children, are currently in intensive care – it is critical that the Berdzor corridor be opened for them to obtain critical medical supplies.
The government of Azerbaijan has long promoted official hate speeches and animosity towards Armenians, fostering impunity for atrocities committed against Armenians. The blockade is a violation of international humanitarian rights and risks causing a genocide of the Armenian population of Artsakh as the risk factors for atrocity crimes under the Genocide Convention are met. The blockade is also a violation of Point 6 of the 9 November 2020 trilateral ceasefire statement, under which Azerbaijan had assumed an obligation to allow for communications along the Berdzor corridor to remain under the control of the peacekeeping contingent of Russia. As Azerbaijan has violated this provision, it is in breach of its international obligations assumed under the ceasefire agreement.
We call on Azerbaijan to immediately stop the illegal blockade of the Berdzor corridor. To this effect, we wrote to James Cleverly, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, urging the UK government to condemn Azerbaijan’s criminal policy of eradication of the Armenian population of Artsakh and sanction Azerbaijan. The humanitarian crisis created needs a political solution in order to uphold the self-determination rights of Artsakh.
We thank the members of the APPG for Armenia and our other allies for their support. In particular, we thank Tim Loughton (Chairman of the APPG for Armenia) for questioning the Foreign Secretary and writing a strong letter calling for action, Chris Law for constantly raising issues on Azerbaijan’s aggression, Rupa Huq for warning about crimes of Genocide, Jessica Morden (Vice Chair of the APPG for Armenia) for condemning the actions taken by Azerbaijan, Alex Sobel for questioning the Foreign Secretary on the matter, Baroness Cox for sending letters to the Foreign Secretary and Lord Alton for raising important questions to His Majesty’s Government regarding the situation in Artsakh and the atrocities committed against the Armenian population. We also thank Lord McInnes Kilwinning for sending a question to the Foreign Secretary on what the government has done about Azerbaijan blocking the corridor and violating the peace agreement and Fiona Bruce for asking for humanitarian aid for Artsakh. Stephen Doughty the Shadow Foreign Minister has also called on Azerbaijan to end the blockade and stop the humanitarian crisis caused as a result.
Through Baroness Cox’s efforts and Christian Solidarity International, a very important document was prepared, called “GENOCIDE WARNING: NAGORNO KARABAKH”.
ANC UK has and continues to work very hard to raise this issue amongst the parliamentarians and different government departments, by sending regular briefings, letters and holding meetings.
We ask you to please send a letter to your MP using the template of the ANC UK Statement: https://ancuk.org.uk/press-release/anc-uk-press-release-on-azerbaijans-blockade-of-artsakh/