ArmInfo. On Tuesday, Parliament will debate the dire situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, following Azerbaijan's recent military seizure of the mountainous South Caucasus enclave. This is stated in a statement published on the official website of the European Parliament.
According to the source, "Azerbaijan's latest offensive against Nagorno-Karabakh on 19 September saw Baku regain military control of the long-disputed region and has resulted in a mass exodus of ethnic Armenians from their homes. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has also warned of ethnic cleansing in the area, despite Azeri public reassurances that any ethnic Armenians choosing to stay in Nagorno-Karabakh will be treated as equal citizens of Azerbaijan.
The mountainous enclave, internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan but governed by Armenian separatists for decades, has been the subject of a bloody military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the fall of the Soviet Union.
Following the plenary debate with representatives of the Spanish Presidency of the Council and the European Commission, a resolution will be put to a vote on Thursday."
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 28, about 90 thousand forcibly displaced Artsakh residents had already arrived in Armenia.
On September 25 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 on September 25, according to preliminary data, more than 290 people were injured, 170 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, 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. France promised to allocate another 7 million euros. Germany announced an increase in subsidies to the ICRC from 2 to 5 million euros, to direct them to humanitarian needs of the Armenians of Nagorno- Karabakh. Another 1 million euros will be provided by Spain and $2.5 million by Canada.