YEREVAN, JANUARY 12, ARTSAKHPRESS. Socialist International (SI) has called on the Azerbaijani authorities to ensure freedom and security of movement along Lachin Corridor.
“Socialist International (SI) stresses its concern regarding the blocking of Lachin corridor as the unique land connection between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh region,” the organization said in a declaration. “We urge the Azerbaijan authorities to ensure freedom and security of movement along the corridor, in line with the trilateral statement of 9 November 2020.The humanitarian situation is critical and hence the SI strongly calls on the parties to dialogue and negotiation and prevent the humanitarian crisis the blocking may cause in the civil population.”
The Lachin Corridor is blocked by Azerbaijan since 12 December 2022. The corridor is the only travel and supply route for the 120,000 Armenians of Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh). The blockade has caused a humanitarian crisis. Shortages of essential products such as food and medicine prompted Nagorno Karabakh authorities to introduce rationing. Hospitals are keeping planned surgeries on hold. 1,100 residents of Nagorno Karabakh, including 270 children who were in Armenia when the road was blocked are unable to return to their homes.