Over 100,000 displaced persons from Nagorno-Karabakh seek refuge in Armenia
As of Saturday morning, the number of forcibly displaced persons fleeing the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh and crossing into Armenia has surpassed 100,000, according to Nazeli Baghdasaryan, spokesperson for the Armenian Prime Minister, as reported by Armenpress.
Out of the 100,417 displaced individuals, the Armenian government has provided accommodation to 32,200. The Armenian authorities offer all those fleeing the ongoing strife in Nagorno-Karabakh shelter, although some have opted to stay with friends or relatives within the country.
In light of the ongoing crisis, the Armenian government, invoking Article 41 of the ICJ Statute and Article 73 of the Rules of Court, has submitted a request to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for provisional measures against Azerbaijan. Armenia seeks to "preserve and protect rights enshrined in the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination ('CERD')." The request follows Armenia's ongoing efforts to have Azerbaijan comply with the Orders issued by the Court on 7 December 2021 and 22 February 2023.
Meanwhile, the recent escalation in military action by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh has been vehemently condemned by Cyprus, citing it as an act of ethnic cleansing. The Cypriot foreign ministry was ready to shelter displaced Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh if needed. In a public statement, Nicosia highlighted Azerbaijan's gross violation of the 9 November 2020 trilateral statement.
"These unilateral actions by Azerbaijan are acts of ethnic cleansing, causing a definitive and robust response from the international community," the ministry said. It also called on Baku to cease all military actions immediately and uphold Armenia's territorial integrity as per the 1991 Alma-Ata Declaration.
Cyprus reiterates the necessity for dialogue to ensure the rights and security of the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh and to establish enduring peace and stability in the region. It has also expressed its commitment to offering humanitarian aid to those displaced.