The “truly devastating developments” in Nagorno-Karabakh require an immediate UN mission, according to Armenia’s foreign minister. Azerbaijan had previously conquered the region militarily.
After Azerbaijan’s conquest of Nagorno-Karabakh, which is predominantly inhabited by Armenians, the Armenian foreign minister accused the international community of inaction. At the United Nations general debate in New York, Ararat Mirsoyan called for a UN mission to monitor the security situation on site.
The “truly devastating developments” in the region have shown that the problems “cannot be solved through statements and general calls alone,” said Mirsoyan. A UN mission must be sent to Nagorno-Karabakh immediately to monitor the human rights, humanitarian and security situation.
Nagorno-Karabakh is located on Azerbaijani territory, but is predominantly inhabited by Armenians and has long been contested between the two ex-Soviet republics. Last Tuesday, authoritarian-run Azerbaijan launched a military operation to conquer the region. Just a day later, the defeated Karabakh Armenians surrendered.
Many Armenians accuse their traditional protective power, Russia, which has also stationed its own soldiers on site, of having abandoned them. According to Armenian sources, more than 200 people died during the brief fighting and more than 400 others were injured. The tens of thousands of Armenian civilians in the region now fear being expelled or oppressed by the new Azerbaijani rulers.
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