Mayor Anne Hidalgo, front (photo Paris municipality)

Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo Visits Lachin

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PARIS — At the head of a delegation of French personalities and deputies, Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo visited the entrance to the Lachin (Berdzor) corridor in Nagorno-Karabakh to try to get trucks carrying supplies, pharmaceutical products and basic necessities through to the people of Artsakh.

The mayor declared: “Here, at the Lachin corridor, we bear witness to the fact that no humanitarian aid can enter Artsakh, in total violation of human rights. Our 10 humanitarian aid trucks are blocked. A humanitarian crisis is underway, it’s an emergency,” she declared. Aid has been allocated by the Paris, Ile de France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Haut de France, Occitanie and Loire regions.

On the way to Lachin (photo Max Sivaslian)

A total of 22 truckloads of humanitarian goods sent by France were moved to the border area of Kornidzor.

Lachin (Berdzor) corridor (photo Paris municipality)

Artsakh President Arayik Harutyunyan thanked all those involved in the French initiative to send humanitarian aid, stressing that “Artsakh will never forget it.”

While voices from all over the world are calling on Azerbaijan to unblock the Lachin corridor, President Ilham Aliyev persists in his desire to integrate Artsakh into Azerbaijan.

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The French flag was hoisted in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh, as a sign of gratitude.

The Lachin corridor has been blocked by Azerbaijan since the end of 2022, leading to a permanent humanitarian crisis in Nagorno Karabakh.

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