In a September 22 speech at the UN rostrum, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian accused Azerbaijan of committing “unspeakable atrocities”, nearly a week after heavy fighting between the troops of the two rival countries.
“There is evidence of cases of torture, mutilation of captured or already dead soldiers, extrajudicial killings and ill-treatment of prisoners of war, as well as degrading treatment of bodies,” he told the court. United Nations General Assembly. Among these cases, he notably cited “the body of a female soldier [qui] had been mutilated and videotaped by Azerbaijani soldiers”. Present in the room, the Azerbaijani Minister for Foreign Affairs Djeyhoun Baïramov, who will speak before the Assembly on the weekend of 24 and 25 September, remained impassive in the face of these accusations.
The Armenian leader also accused Baku of bombing civilian infrastructure, forcing the displacement of more than 7,600 people, in violation of “Armenia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”.
Also on September 22, the Ambassador of Armenia to France deplored that all the attention of the international community was “turned towards Ukraine” and denounced an “Azerbaijani aggression” threatening according to her the very existence of her country. . “Armenia is going through a crucial moment, its survival is at stake,” said Hasmik Tolmadjian during a press conference in Paris.
On September 20, Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Armenia and Azerbaijan to show “restraint” and to respect the ceasefire negotiated under the aegis of Moscow. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he supports “all efforts aimed at finding a peaceful solution to tensions between Azerbaijan and Armenia”, reports the Turkish Anadolu agency.
More than 200 Armenian soldiers and nearly 80 Azerbaijani soldiers died in the clashes that broke out on September 13 on the border between the two countries. Relations between Yerevan and Baku continue to be poisoned by their dispute over Nagorno-Karabakh, a predominantly Armenian-populated territory that declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 with Yerevan’s support, but which is not to date recognized by any UN Member State. After a first war that killed more than 30,000 people in the early 1990s, Armenia and Azerbaijan clashed again in the fall of 2020 for control of this mountainous region. More than 6,500 people were killed in these clashes.
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