The US-EU responses to the Artsakh humanitarian crisis

US and EU spokesmen and the French Foreign Ministry have released statements on the recent Azerbaijani provocations in Artsakh.

US State Department Spokesman Ned Price’s statement notes: “Closure of the Lachin Corridor has severe humanitarian implications and sets back the peace process. We call on the government of Azerbaijan to restore free movement through the corridor. The way forward is through negotiations”.

EU Spokesman for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano’s statement reads: “The EU calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to ensure freedom and security of movement along the corridor, in line with the trilateral statement of 9 November 2020. Restrictions to such freedom of movement cause significant distress to the local population and create humanitarian concerns. Other concerns can and should be addressed through dialogue and consultations with the parties involved”.

The French Foreign Ministry’s statement says: “France calls for the restoration of the supply of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) through the Lachin Corridor without any preconditions, while preserving the rights of the residents there. Azerbaijan is committed to guaranteeing the safety of the movement of people, transport, and cargo in both directions through the Lachin Corridor”.


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