An armoured vehicle of the Russian peacekeepes moves to the Nagorno-Karabakh along the Yerevan-Sevan highway in Armenia, 13 November 2020. EFE-EPA/FILE/HAYK BAGHDASARYAN /PHOTOLURE MANDATORY CREDIT[MANDATORY CREDIT]

Armenia seeks UN meeting on humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh

Tbilisi, Aug 12 (EFE).- Armenia called on the United Nations on Saturday to convene an emergency Security Council meeting over the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed enclave currently under blockade by Azerbaijan.

“The Armenian government demands the intervention of the UN Security Council as the main organ for safeguarding global security,” Mher Margaryan, Armenia’s permanent representative to the UN, said in a letter to the world body.

Armenia said Nagorno-Karabakh was grappling with a deteriorating humanitarian state caused by an ongoing and complete blockade enforced for the past eight months.

A group of UN experts on Aug.7 stated that the closure of the Lachin corridor—the only access route from Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh—has “led to a dire humanitarian crisis in the region.”

“The blockade of the Lachin corridor is a humanitarian emergency that has created severe shortages of essential food staples including sunflower oil, fish, chicken, dairy products, cereal, sugar and baby formula,” the experts said.

They have urged Azerbaijan to promptly reinstate unobstructed and secure movement of individuals, vehicles, and goods traversing the Lachin corridor in both directions, under the November 2020 ceasefire agreement that ended a war over Nagorno-Karabakh.

Nagorno-Karabakh, historically populated by Armenians, was internationally recognized as Azerbaijani territory after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Azerbaijan regained control over much of the region after a war in the autumn of 2020. EFE