ArmInfo.Human Rights Defender Gegham Stepanyan posted the following Facebook message:
"Azerbaijan's deliberate closure of the only Artsakh-Armenia road is another manifestation of the policy of intimidation and genocide against the people of Artsakh.
"On December 3, 2022, in the afternoon, the Azerbaijani side blocked the Stepanakert-Goris Highway on the Shushi section, which is the only road connecting Artsakh with the outside world, for false environmental reasons.
"At the moment, 120,000 residents of Artsakh are under complete blockade, faced with an impending humanitarian catastrophe, for which the Azerbaijani authorities are criminally responsible.
"Since the establishment of the ceasefire, we have repeatedly witnessed Azerbaijan's deliberate targeting of infrastructure in order to disrupt the normal life in Artsakh, as well as actions aimed at disrupting its operation, which is part of the general policy of ethnic cleansing of Artsakh. Moreover, even recently, the Azerbaijani side has constantly come up with false informational reasons to legitimise the possible closure of the road.
"We have reported on the recurrence of such threats through various channels and means. As a result of the lack of proper and targeted prevention, the Azerbaijani side acts with impunity, to which must be finally put an end.
"Therefore, I urge and demand from the main players of the international community to take punitive and preventive measures with targeted and tough steps, otherwise repetition of such cases and a humanitarian catastrophe are inevitable."
Below is a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Artsakh:
"In the afternoon of December 3, the Azerbaijani side resorted to another provocation, blocking the Stepanakert-Goris highway at the Shoushi-Karin Tak crossroad, thus cutting off Artsakh's connection with Armenia and communication with the villages of Berdadzor sub-region of the Shoushi region.
"This terrorist act once again proves that Azerbaijan's primary goal has remained unchanged - to deport the Armenians of Artsakh, to carry out ethnic cleansing and genocide there.
"This terrorist move also undermines the internationally agreed arrangement on the Lachin Corridor and strikes a sneaky blow to the peacekeeping mission of the Russian Federation ensuring peace and stability in the region.
"Azerbaijan's genocidal policy and actions are a serious challenge to the civilized world and obvious disrespect and disregard of international law.
"We call on the international community to strictly condemn the Armenophobian state policy of Azerbaijan and take active steps to deter the aggressor."