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“The risk of ethnic cleansing is obvious for the Armenians of Karabakh”

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Two years after the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, a region populated overwhelmingly by Armenians which seceded from Azerbaijan during the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Armenia was attacked by its Azerbaijani neighbor the September 13-14, along the recognized international border between the two Caucasus countries. Result: nearly 300 dead, mostly Armenians, 7,600 displaced persons and some 50 square kilometers of Armenian territory nibbled away by Azerbaijani troops. An incident of unprecedented violence and gravity since the conflict between the two former Soviet republics in the separatist enclave in the fall of 2020. At the time, a ceasefire, signed under the under the aegis of Russia, had sealed the military defeat of Armenia after forty-four days of fighting and more than 6,500 dead.

How can these new clashes be explained, when the region has been facing renewed tension since Monday, December 12 with Yerevan’s denunciation of Baku’s blocking of the Lachin corridor, the only road linking the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh to Armenia? Interview with the historian and philosopher Michel Marian, who devoted a large part of his work to Armenian issues and notably wrote “the Armenian Genocide. From outraged memory to shared memory” (Albin Michel, 2015).

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

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