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CSI and HART call on the U.S., France and Russia to reaffirm commitment to self-determination for Nagorno Karabakh

The ethnic/spiritual cleaning of 120,00 Armenian Christians of Nagorno Karabakh turns into more and more seemingly”

— Cox and Eibner

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 22, 2023/ — John Eibner, Worldwide President of CSI, and Baroness Cox, Founder President of HART, have urged the United States, the Russian Federation and France – the co-chairs of the Minsk Group of the OSCE – to take pressing motion to de-escalate the disaster in Nagorno Karabakh.

The Minsk Group was arrange by the OSCE in 1992 to encourage a peaceable, negotiated decision to the battle between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the disputed area of Nagorno Karabakh in the South Caucasus.

The agreed Madrid Rules, on which this course of is predicated, are: The Non-Use of Power or Risk of Power, Territorial integrity and the Equal Rights and Self-Willpower of Peoples, as present in the Helsinki Closing Act of 1975.

In letters to Antony Blinken, Catherine Colonna and Sergei Lavrov – the international ministers of the U.S., France and Russia – CSI and HART level to the pressing want for motion given acts of aggression by Azerbaijan that embody an unlawful blockade of the Lachin hall and army incursions into Armenia.

“As we write, Azerbaijan’s aggression in opposition to the individuals of Nagorno Karabakh and the Republic of Armenia intensifies,” Eibner and Cox wrote. “The ethnic/spiritual cleaning of 120,00 Armenian Christians of Nagorno Karabakh turns into more and more seemingly.”

Eibner and Cox declare the Minsk Group co-chair nations have failed to fulfill their mandate since Azerbaijan once more resorted to warfare in opposition to Nagorno Karabakh in September 2020. They are saying the course of that the co-chairs had been commissioned to lead has been wound down and is now at a digital standstill to the detriment of worldwide safety. “Brute pressure now prevails over options based mostly on the Helsinki Closing Act not solely in Ukraine, but additionally in Nagorno Karabakh and the Republic of Armenia,” they write.

The letters conclude by urging the co-chairs to reinvigorate the peace course of by calling for “an emergency de-escalation assembly of the Minsk Group”, and to “reaffirm a commitment to search collectively for a political resolution to the existential disaster now going through Nagorno Karabakh and the Republic of Armenia based mostly on the Madrid Rules, together with the Proper to Self-Willpower for the endangered individuals of Nagorno Karabakh”.

The motion by CSI and HART comes at some point after a U.S. Congressional Human Rights Fee listening to on safeguarding the individuals of Nagorno Karabakh. CSI, HART and different members of the Save Karabakh coalition had on February 23 appealed for such a listening to.

Joel Veldkamp
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
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