The announcement comes amid widespread fears of an invasion of Armenia by Azerbaijan and Turkey and less than a month after the Azeri military launched a short but intense strike that seized control of the majority ethnic Armenian territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.
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Since the Azeri takeover, widespread fears of genocide and religious and cultural persecution have led nearly all of the Nagorno-Karabakh population to leave the region.
Vardanyan is a former state minister of the Republic of Artsakh, Nagorno-Karabakh’s ethnic Armenian separatist government that was defeated by a short but intense Azeri military offensive on Sept. 19.
A fuel depot exploded Monday night. The explosion occurred just off a highway leading away from Stepanakert, where tens of thousands of ethnic Armenians have taken to the road to flee to Armenia proper.
U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon to address the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
‘I make my heartfelt appeal to all the parties involved and to the international community to silence the weapons and make every effort to find peaceful solutions…’
A NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: In addition to the immediate humanitarian concern caused by an inhumane blockade, important historical, cultural and religious-freedom issues are at stake.
The looming humanitarian disaster in the Armenian enclave, which has been under blockade for several months, revives the specter of ethnic and religious cleansing in this predominantly Christian region.
Brownback discussed the current state of faith-focused liberty at the 2023 International Religious Freedom Summit.
Since the invasion began, Lviv has become a “western capital” of the country as Kyiv, the capital, came under attack.