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After Tragic Car Crash, Nagorno-Karabakh Woman’s Body Gets Stranded in Armenia as Azerbaijan Denies Access for Burial

by Abram Tsitsishvili
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The family of a young woman who was killed in a tragic car crash in Armenia last week has been denied by Azerbaijan access to bury her in Nagorno-Karabakh, the Armenian foreign ministry spokesperson said Saturday.

“Helen was resident of Nagorno Karabakh, studying in Armenia. She died in horrific car accident 5 days ago. Azerbaijan is refusing repatriation of her body to her homeland for burial. Same through ICRC. Now Helen’s body is ‘waiting’,” foreign ministry spokesperson Ani Badalyan said in a post on X.

The Lachin Corridor, the only road connecting Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia and the rest of the world, has been blocked by Azerbaijan since late 2022. The Azerbaijani blockade constitutes a gross violation of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh ceasefire agreement, which established that the 5km-wide Lachin Corridor shall be under the control of Russian peacekeepers. Furthermore, on February 22, 2023 the United Nations’ highest court – the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – ordered Azerbaijan to “take all steps at its disposal” to ensure unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions.  Azerbaijan has been ignoring the order ever since. The ICJ reaffirmed its order on 6 July 2023.

Azerbaijan then illegally installed a checkpoint on Lachin Corridor. The blockade has led to shortages of essential products such as food and medication. Azerbaijan has also cut off gas and power supply into Nagorno Karabakh, with officials warning that Baku seeks to commit ethnic cleansing against Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. Hospitals have suspended normal operations.

Source : Armen Press

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