Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh
FEDERAL Member for Bennelong, John Alexander MP, has released the following statement in response to last weekend’s escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.
“I deplore the recent acts of aggression committed by the Azerbaijan military against ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh, with reports of civilians being targeted including the shelling of a school in the Martuni region that resulted in the death of a 12 year old boy and the serious injury of two other children.”
“As I have mentioned in Parliament on several occasions, Nagorno-Karabakh is an ethnic Armenian republic surrounded by Azerbaijan on all sides. The people enjoy a democratic system of government, a commitment to human rights and a free press that lies in stark contrast to their closest neighbour. Some conflict between the nations has been common across the contact line but last weekend’s actions by Azerbaijan represent the largest military offensive since the ceasefire that ended the Nagorno-Karabakh War in 1994.
“This year the world will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh, and commemorate the 28th anniversary of the Sumgait Pogroms and 101 years since the start of the Armenian Genocide. These recent acts of aggression, and last month’s seizure of Armenian, Assyrian and Chaldean churches in Turkey’s Diyarbakir region, show us that these historical events remain supremely relevant to Armenian people in Yerevan, Artsakh, Sur and around the world.”
“There should be no place in the modern world for the continuation of this kind of aggression. It is the civilians on both sides of the conflict who suffer, and their key wish is for all parties to return to the OSCE Minsk Group negotiating table and immediately implement a genuine and sustainable ceasefire,” John Alexander concluded.