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OSCE: immediate humanitarian support to Karabakh Armenians

Photo: A teenager from Nagorno-Karabakh cries as she crosses the border to Armenia (Bel Trew)

OSCE Chairman-in-Office calls for immediate humanitarian support to Karabakh Armenians and international involvement amid humanitarian crises.

OSCE Chairman-in-Office, Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani, expressing serious concerns, calls for increased international support and humanitarian relief for the over 100,000 Karabakh Armenians that have found refuge in the Republic of Armenia.  Humanitarian needs must remain the top priority and the international donor community should continue to actively demonstrate solidarity and responsibility sharing to assist Armenia as its government responds to this unfolding humanitarian crisis.

OSCE Chairman-in-Office Osmani took note of the visit by UN representatives to Khankendi/Stepanakert on 1 October and believes that continued engagement by the international community would contribute to stabilizing the situation on the ground and efforts toward sustainable peace.

Discussions regarding international involvement on the ground should continue, as an independent international observation mission would bring confidence and reassurance to those who want to return.

OSCE Chairman-in-Office Osmani notes the public statements by Azerbaijan on the integration of the Armenian population and prospects for the return of the displaced population. Safeguarding the rights and security of Karabakh Armenians, in line with its OSCE commitments, is Azerbaijan’s responsibility.

The use of force over diplomatic negotiation to settle disputes is always unacceptable and hinders prospects for dignified and inclusive peace.

Chairman-in-Office Osmani supports the continuation of political processes towards a peace treaty between the countries.

The OSCE and its relevant structures, within their mandate, stand ready to contribute to this process in line with the Organization’s values and commitments to achieve just, durable, dignified and inclusive peace in the region.

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