Nagorno Karabakh President calls for domestic stability and mutual tolerance amid crisis


MAY 20, ARTSAKHPRESS. Nagorno Karabakh/Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan has met with a group of family members of fallen troops of the 2020 Nagorno Karabakh War.

The families of the fallen troops wanted to meet President Harutyunyan and he accepted the offer, his office said.

During the conversation, Harutyunyan discussed a number of issues pertaining to the domestic and foreign developments.

“The Head of the State emphasized the need for internal stability and mutual tolerance in these crisis conditions, highlighting the role of those present in this matter,” Harutyunyan’s office added in a readout.

Nagorno Karabakh is experiencing a humanitarian crisis for several months due to the blockade of the Lachin Corridor.

Lachin Corridor – the only road linking Nagorno Karabakh with Armenia and the rest of the world – has been blocked by Azerbaijan since 12 December 2022. The closure has led to shortages of essential supplies such as food and medication.

The United Nations’ highest court – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – ordered Azerbaijan on 22 February 2023 to “take all steps at its disposal” to ensure unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions. Azerbaijan has so far ignored the order.

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