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“The danger of ethnic cleansing is clear for the Armenians of Karabakh”

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After two years of war in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region populated overwhelmingly by Armenians that broke away from Azerbaijan during the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia was attacked by its Azerbaijani neighbor on September 13-14, along the recognized international border between the two countries. two states of the Caucasus. The result: nearly 300 people, mostly Armenians, were killed, 7,600 displaced and about 50 square kilometers of Armenian territory wiped out by Azerbaijani forces. An unprecedented incident of violence and danger since the conflict between the two former Soviet republics in the separatist enclave in the fall of 2020. At that time, the ceasefire, signed under the auspices of Russia, had sealed Armenia’s military defeat after forty-four days of fighting and more than 6,500 dead.

How can these new clashes be explained, at a time when the region is facing renewed tension since Monday, December 12, with Yerevan’s condemnation of Baku’s closure of the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh with Armenia? Interview with the historian and philosopher Michel Marian, who devoted a large part of his work to Armenian issues and wrote in particular “The Armenian Genocide. From Angry Memory to Common Memory ”(Albin Michel, 2015).

On October 15, in a column published by Le Monde, she denounced the indifference of the international community.

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