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 Tuesday, September 26 2023 18:08
Marianna Mkrtchyan

Author of book about ethnic cleansing refrains from using this term  regarding Artsakh people

Author of book about ethnic cleansing refrains from using this term  regarding Artsakh people

ArmInfo.Azerbaijan's blocking of the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia,  the Lachin (Kashatagh) corridor, over the past 9 months has created difficult humanitarian conditions for its residents - ethnic Armenians. USAID Administrator Samantha Power, stated today, on September 26, in a conversation with reporters in Kornidzor, pointing out the shortage of food and medicine.

At the same time, she stated that international humanitarian  organizations did not have the opportunity to be present on the  ground to assess the real situation, since the authorities of  Azerbaijan did not give them an entry permit. Power also added that  hostilities over the past week have further worsened an already dire  humanitarian situation. In this vein, she once again emphasized the  need for access for humanitarian organizations in Artsakh.

Pointing to the need to evacuate those wishing to leave  Nagorno-Karabakh, Power said that "the United States will provide  $11.5 million in support to Armenia for the humanitarian needs of  people displaced from Nagorno-Karabakh."

She also added that the United States will support the Armenian  government, local authorities, and volunteers who warmly welcome  those who come from Nagorno-Karabakh.  "We will work with them to be  able to provide the necessary support to those families who need it.  We are talking with those displaced in Armenia, finding out who would  like to return or visit the graves of relatives. Freedom of movement  is absolutely necessary," she said, without specifying how is that  "freedom" supposed to be ensured in the context of Nagorno-Karabakh  being transferred to Azerbaijan's control? 

Meanwhile, when asked by a Politico journalist whether she could  classify what is happening today in Artsakh as "ethnic cleansing",  taking into account that she wrote a book about ethnic cleansing,  Power stated the urgent need for the presence of international  organizations in Nagorno-Karabakh, since dozens of people continue to  remain there thousands of ethnic Armenians who continue to remain  there under these difficult conditions.

"We have already heard from eyewitnesses about violence on the part  of Azerbaijanis, the suffering of the population, the fear from the  Azerbaijani authorities. Our focus is on the most vulnerable groups,  providing assistance to them if they want to leave Nagorno-Karabakh,"  Power said.  When asked whether the time had come to impose sanctions  against Azerbaijan amid the ethnic cleansing in Artsakh, Power once  again noted that she arrived in Armenia on behalf of the US President  to assess the humanitarian needs of the population leaving  Nagorno-Karabakh. 

The USAID representative as if not listening to the question about  sanctions, only assured that she would convey what she saw here to  the presidential administration and a decision would be made on  further measures. According to her, several measures are now being  considered, but she did not specify which ones.

On September 19, Azerbaijan, under the pretext of an "anti-terrorist  operation," undertook another act of aggression against Artsakh. As a  result of enemy aggression, hundreds of Artsakh residents were  injured, more than 200 deaths were reported, including civilians, and  more than 10,000 were evacuated.

On September 20, Artsakh fell. Azerbaijan began the forcible  subjugation of the NKR. On September 20, late in the evening it  became known that Azerbaijan had deliberately shot at the car of the  Russian peacekeeping contingent, killing 5 people, including the  deputy commander of the RPC. Today, there were reports that one  soldier was killed and another was wounded as a result of shooting at  another RPCvehicle.  On September 21, a meeting between  representatives of Baku and Stepanakert was held in Yevlakh.   Azerbaijan demanded the disarmament of the Artsakh Defense Army, the  surrender of all military personnel and the abolition of all  government bodies.

On September 22, the process of abolishing the Artsakh Defense Army  began. There are reports that the enemy side exterminated the  population of the villages captured on September 19-20. During search  operations from September 21 to 24, the NKR Ministry of Internal  Affairs discovered the bodies of 105 Artsakh residents, including  brutally murdered children and elderly people.

As of the morning of September 26, more than 13 thousand forcibly  displaced Artsakh residents had already arrived in Armenia. The night  before it also became known that Artsakh was connected to the energy  system of Azerbaijan. Protests demanding the resignation of the RA  Prime Minister continue in Yerevan and regions.

We add that as a result of the explosion that took place in the fuel  depot near Stepanakert yesterday, according to preliminary data, more  than 290 people were injured, 20 more died, there are still missing  people.  

The EU stated that it would allocate an additional 5 million euros to  assist internally displaced people from Artsakh. Earlier today, USAID  Administrator Samantha Power, who is on a visit to Armenia, said that  "the United States will provide Armenia with support in the amount of  $11.5 million for the humanitarian needs of people displaced from  Nagorno-Karabakh."

In addition, as ArmInfo previously reported with reference to the  Swedish Ambassador to Armenia, Sweden, through the Swedish  International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), allocated 15  million Swedish kronor to the International Committee of the Red  Cross to meet the humanitarian needs of the population of  Nagorno-Karabakh. 

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