ArmInfo. Displacement of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh is unacceptable. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.
"Azerbaijan has chosen the path of military force. We actively condemn the attack by Baku and call for a complete cessation of any hostilities. A lot of people died in just two days, thousands were forced to left their homes.
We have taken note of reports of a ceasefire, but what is needed now is a complete cessation of violence. Azerbaijan bears the responsibility to fully ensure the protection of the civilian population, especially children, who live in Nagorno-Karabakh. The Displacement of ethnic Armenians from Nagorno- Karabakh is unacceptable.
The territorial integrity and sovereignty of both Armenia and Azerbaijan should not be questioned," she said.
According to the head of the German Foreign Ministry, it is difficult to imagine the difficulties and hardships that the residents of Nagorno-Karabakh endure for months after the Baku authorities simply closed the Kashatagh (Lachin) corridor, when the shops are empty, there is no medicine, there is no electricity, no fuel.
"Over the past few weeks, together with many partners, we have worked very actively to ensure humanitarian access for those in need, especially for pregnant women, persons with disabilities. and elderly people. And just as there was a glimmer of hope that humanitarian aid could be delivered to Nagorno-Karabakh, Baku violated the assurances that no force would be used, which led to serious suffering for the population, which was already living in difficult conditions. The people of Nagorno-Karabakh deserve to live in conditions of security and protection of rights," Baerbock added.
At the same time, she considered the opening of the Kashatagh corridor extremely important and not only for humanitarian reasons.
"It is also a cultural and social bridge for ethnic Armenians who live in Karabakh. Baku and Karabakh Armenians need dialogue.
The people who live in this region need lasting peace between Azerbaijan and Armenia. It can only be achieved at the negotiating table. I strongly urge you to return to negotiations through the mediation of the European Union. The men, women and children of Nagorno-Karabakh and the entire region deserve to live without the fear that violence may break out, that they may be displaced from their homes, that they may be deprived of their rights, their language, their religion. They deserve a peaceful life. No country should use this situation to destabilize democracy in Armenia," summed up the German Foreign Minister.