Assyrians unable to return from blockaded Artsakh, MP calls on international community to sanction Azerbaijan


YEREVAN, JANUARY 17, ARTSAKHPRESS. Assyrians are among those who are now stranded in Artsakh amid the Azeri blockade, Member of Parliament Zemfira Mirzoyeva from the Hayastan faction of the Armenian Parliament said.

Mirzoyeva, who represents the Assyrian community of Armenia in parliament, called on the international community to sanction Azerbaijan as the blockade entered the 36th day.

“This provocation by Azerbaijan is even more cynical because the perpetrators of a crime against humanity are hiding behind the mask of so-called environmentalists. This provocation carried out by Azerbaijan has caused a grave humanitarian disaster in the Republic of Artsakh. I am saying this for the whole world to hear, today there are Assyrians who are stranded in Artsakh who went there for various reasons, they are unable to return because the road of life is closed,” the lawmaker said.

Mirzoyeva said that unfortunately Azerbaijan continues to ignore the calls by the international community, many countries and the UNSC to open the corridor.

“I think it’s high time that the international community, international organizations, countries that play a key role to impose sanctions against Azerbaijan, the country which is keeping 120,000 people blockaded, and its leaders,” she said.

The MP called on international organizations dealing with the protection of national minorities to act to prevent Azerbaijan’s policy of ethnic cleansing in Artsakh, which is targeting not only Armenians but also representatives of national minorities.

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