UNITED NATIONS—Armenia’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Ambassador Karen Nazaryan delivered a speech at the discussions on the issue of protection of the civilian population during conflicts held at the UN Security Council.
Speaking about the Karabakh conflict, Ambassador Karen Nazaryan emphasized Azerbaijan’s responsibility for crimes against humanity committed in the conflict zone. He said the Azeri authorities are responsible for the violation of rights of hundreds of thousand of displaced persons and refugees, the ethnic cleansing and aggression unleashed in response to the realization of the right of the people of Nagorno Karabakh to self-determination, as well as the massacre of the Azerbaijani population in Khojaly.
Ambassador Nazaryan informed the members of the Security Council that Armenian settlements of Artsvashen, Shahumyan in the north of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, Getashen and another 18 villages were razed to the ground as a result of the conflict, about 20 settlements are still occupied by Azerbaijan.
The Ambassador added that “Azerbaijan continues the infringements against the frontline settlements of independent Artsakh and Armenia, turning down the calls of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs and the UN Security Council to implement confidence-building measures.”
In that context the Nazaryan said that Armenia welcomes the Los Cabos statement of the Presidents of the Minsk Group co-chairing countries and urged the Azeris to stop all kind of provocations at the Armenian border and the line of contact with Nagorno Karabakh.