YEREVAN, DECEMBER 4, ARTSAKHPRESS. Azerbaijan’s closure of the Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting Artsakh to Armenia and the outside world, continues to concern the United States, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, commenting on the actions of Azerbaijan at the request of ARMENPRESS, which have led to severe humanitarian consequences in Artsakh.
“We remain concerned about impeded access to the Lachin Corridor and the humanitarian implications of this situation. This sets back the peace process and undermines international confidence. We call for the full restoration of free movement through the corridor. The way forward for all issues is through negotiations”, Ned Price said.
Azerbaijan has blocked the Lachin Corridor since December 12, 2022, keeping more than 120,000 people of Artsakh under siege.
Due to the closure of the road, 1100 people, including 270 children, could not return from Armenia to Artsakh. People’s rights to free movement, minimum standard of living, receiving medical care, education and other rights are violated. Scheduled surgeries are still suspended in medical institutions. On December 19, one citizen died in Artsakh, because due to the road closure, it was impossible to transport him to Armenia to organize proper treatment.