Blinken urges Aliyev to reopen Lachin corridor
January 24, 2023 - 11:13 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken on Monday, January 23 spoke with Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev to urge an immediate reopening of the Lachin corridor to commercial traffic, Department of State Spokesperson Ned Price reveals.
“He underscored that the risk of a humanitarian crisis in the Lachin corridor undermined prospects for peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Price said.
“The Secretary encouraged President Aliyev to redouble efforts in bilateral peace discussions with Armenia. He also raised human rights concerns in Azerbaijan.”
Since December 12, the sole road connecting Nagorno Karabakh to Armenia - the Lachin Corridor - has been blocked by self-described Azerbaijani environmentalists. Karabakh residents have reported food and fuel shortages, while hospital patients don't have access to essential medicines, with only a handful allowed transfer to facilities in Armenia proper.
President of Nagorno Karabakh (Artsakh) Arayik Harutyunyan has dismissed Ruben Vardanyan from the position of State Minister.
Congressman Frank Pallone attended a demonstration at the Capitol against Azerbaijan’s blockade of a key road in Nagorno Karabakh.
Ruben Vardanyan expressed conviction that his people will stay strong amid Azerbaijan’s blockade of the Lachin corridor.
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