ArmInfo.The UN mission in Nagorno-Karabakh is too late, stated Sargis Khandalian, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Commission, RA Parliament.
Yesterday, for the first time in the last three decades, a UN mission arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh. Summing up the results of the one-day visit, conducted under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, the UN mission noted that, according to the data it received, there are from 50 to 1 thousand Armenians left in Nagorno-Karabakh. At the same time, UN officials said they had not heard any reports of violence against civilians since the latest truce, either from local people interviewed or from their interlocutors. The authors of the statement also noted that in the places they visited, they found no damage or destruction of civil and agricultural infrastructure, as well as dead livestock or domestic animals.
"For 10 months we talked about the policy of ethnic cleansing carried out by Azerbaijan, called on the UN mission to go to Nagorno-Karabakh and carry out work on the spot to collect factors, but these calls were not heard, for various reasons. The recent visit of UN representatives to Nagorno-Karabakh is overdue. I hope that the UN mission will record that ethnic cleansing has occurred in Nagorno-Karabakh and will use its tools," Mr Khandalian said.
He also called the wording in the statement of the UN mission abnormal. "This causes bewilderment and regret. Ethnic cleansing is not only destruction," he pointed out, noting that the population of Artsakh moved to Armenia as a result of military aggression and a 10-month blockade and humanitarian crisis.
The international community must give a clear assessment of Azerbaijan's actions - ethnic cleansing with all the ensuing consequences, the deputy believes. Answering the corresponding question, Khandanyan noted that he does not yet see the possibility of the population of Nagorno-Karabakh returning to their homes, and it is premature to talk about this.