ArmInfo. On September 6, a meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was held, during which the blocking of the Lachin corridor by Azerbaijan and the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh were discussed. This was reported on the Official Facebook account of the Permanent Representation of Armenia to the Council of Europe (CoE).
According to the source, at the meeting Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejcinovic Buric presented to the Committee of Ministers the results of the visits of a high-ranking delegation of the Council of Europe to Armenia and Azerbaijan in May-July this year. A number of delegations, including the Delegation of the European Union, made statements regarding the situation in the Lachin corridor.
Permanent Representative of Armenia to the Council of Europe, Ambassador Arman Khachatryan noted that during the visit to Armenia, a high-ranking delegation of the Council of Europe, heading to the starting point of the Lachin corridor, witnessed the complete blocking of the Lachin corridor. He stressed that by its actions, Azerbaijan openly demonstrates its real goal - ethnic cleansing in Nagorno-Karabakh, which is incompatible with the obligations assumed by Azerbaijan when it was a member of the Council of Europe.
The Ambassador stressed the need to stop the humanitarian and human rights crisis caused by the complete blockade of Nagorno-Karabakh. He called on Azerbaijan to end the blockade and fully implement the legally binding decisions of the International Court of Justice and the ECHR.
He added that the issues of the rights and security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh should be resolved within the framework of the international Baku-Stepanakert dialogue mechanism.
As part of another issue on the agenda of the Committee of Ministers, the report of Former Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court Luis Moreno Ocampo "Armenian Genocide in 2023" was discussed. PACE member Pieter Omtzigt asked a written question to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Ministers what steps the Committee of Ministers had taken to prevent the perpetration of the genocide against Armenians, and whether the current threat had consequences for Azerbaijan as a member of the Council.
Ambassador Khachatryan, referring to the Ocampo report, noted that the blockade of the Lachin corridor should be considered as genocide in accordance with Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. He said that there are also other opinions and reports on the danger of ethnic cleansing and genocide in Nagorno-Karabakh, such as the report of Former Special Advisor to the Secretary- General on the Prevention of Genocide, Juan Mendez.
The Ambassador stressed that Azerbaijan's actions against Nagorno-Karabakh contradict the principles and values of the Council of Europe. "The Council of Europe cannot leave Azerbaijan's obvious violations of its membership and convention obligations without consequences," the Armenian diplomat stressed.