A United Nations mission has arrived in Nagorno-Karabakh for the first time in three decades, as Armenia’s government warns nearly all of the territory’s population of 120,000 ethnic Armenians has fled following Azerbaijan’s military blitz to seize the territory in September. A U.N. official in Armenia’s capital said registration centers have been overwhelmed with huge numbers of exhausted and frightened refugees, a third of whom are children.
Kavita Belani: “People are tired. This is a situation where they’ve lived under nine months of blockade. It’s not something that has just happened where you pick up and you go. They’ve suffered nine months of blockade already. And when they come in, they’re full of anxiety. They’re scared. They’re frightened. And they want answers. They want answers as to what’s going to happen next.”
Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of ethnic cleansing. On Monday, Armenia’s European Union envoy urged Western nations to sanction Azerbaijan, including its lucrative oil and gas industry, and requested military aid for Armenia.