February 7, 2023 - 13:26 AMT
Pashinyan, Macron discuss “difficult” humanitarian situation in Karabakh

Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, February 6 discussed over the phone the difficult humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh as a result of Azerbaijan's blocking of the Lachin Corridor.

Macron emphasized the importance of the uninterrupted operation of the Lachin Corridor and underlined France's readiness to continue contributing to the solution of this problem.

The two exchanged ideas on the normalization of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, the protection of the rights and security of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, and the activities of the EU civilian mission in Armenia.

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.