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  • Nagorno-Karabakh Quarterly Update

    Nagorno-Karabakh Quarterly Update

    In mid-October, we launched an Emergency Response on Nagorno-Karabakh to pressure Armenia and Azerbaijan to commit to a durable ceasefire and protect civilians. While this is a historic conflict the immediate violence is brutal. Hostilities escalated at a fast pace, raising fears of ethnic cleansing, and both countries were extremely war-hungry. The conflict drew in outside powers like Russia and Turkey, which further heightens tensions. The likelihood of securing a peace agreement without outside pressure is highly unlikely and yet, the international diplomatic voice has been too subtle.

    We coordinated a global briefing by Svitlana Valko, a regional expert from International Partnership on Human Rights, and Thomas de Waal, Carnegie fellow and a leading journalist, which was attended by over 50 NGO partners. We settled on the need for a global campaign to push for a durable ceasefire and mitigate the growing risk to civilians by securing Franco-German leadership in the form of bilateral negotiations with warring parties, strengthening the Minsk Group mechanism, pushing the EU and United Nations Security Council to play a stronger role on the humanitarian side whilst also pushing the warring parties to grant humanitarian access.

    In order to achieve this, we brought together two female journalists, one from Armenia and one from Azerbaijan, in a powerful joint Op-Ed calling for peace. We have pitched it in Germany, Russia, France and when news of the Russian ceasefire broke, we enabled the two journalists to comment in BBC World, Le Monde and other European outlets. We also contacted a former Armenian diplomat that negotiated the peace agreement in the 1990s and may pitch an Op-Ed from him. We also contacted Armenian’s most senior religious leader, His Holiness Catolicos Karekin II, and are currently negotiating with him to place an Op-Ed. We also worked with military generals, humanitarian partners and human rights organizations to co-deliver on the strategy. At the time of writing Russia has brokered a ceasefire with Russian peacekeepers. We will monitor the situation and if it holds will exit the emergency response