The war in Nagorno Karabakh has cost the lives of thousands and has displaced
tens of thousands. The spectres of famine, epidemic
and genocide stalk the land.
The war is characterized by an enormous asymmetry of violence. Azerbaijan
has sought from the beginning of the conflict to achieve its aims by steadily
escalating military means. The Armenian community
of Nagorno Karabakh is the primary victim in this tragic conflict.
We do not claim that they are beyond reproach or that they have not contributed
to the toll of human suffering. But in at least five ways Azerbaijan
It was Azerbaijan, along with the Soviet 4th Army, which carried out the
brutal deportations of entire Armenian villages from the Autonomous Region
of Nagorno Karabakh and the adjacent Shaumyan district. Thousands of refugees
from these deportations are now living in conditions of acute deprivation
in Armenia or in Nagorno Karabakh.
It was Azerbaijan which imposed the cruel blockades on Nagorno Karabakh
and on Armenia, which have caused great damage to the Armenian economy and
attempted to cause death by slow strangulation of essential supplies, including
emergency humanitarian aid, to the people of Nagorno Karabakh. The blockades
were even sustained during the Armenian earthquake catastrophe, hampering
the access of urgently needed relief supplies.
It was Azerbaijan which first
used GRAD multiple-missile rocket launchers against the civilians of Nagorno
Karabakh, escalating the rate of casualties, especially of women and children,
and the destruction of essential facilities, such as hospitals.
It is Azerbaijan
which is currently using aerial bombardment against civilian targets, with
massive 500 kg and cluster bombs.
It is Azerbaijan that is now using ground-to-air
missiles against the civilians of Nagorno Karabakh, causing even further
threat to life and limb,
especially of women, children and the elderly.
The sufferings of both the Armenian and Azeri-Turk communities could
be alleviated if Azerbaijan were to desist from trying to impose
a military solution.
Turkey has emerged as Azerbaijan's principal ally in its war against
the Armenians of Nagorno Karabakh, supplying senior 'retired'
and maintaining an economic blockade on Armenia.
evidence points to historic continuity between the genocide of ethnic minorities
in Turkey and the war against