"Why don't you move a muscle for Armenians under blockade?"
Garo Paylan, deputy for the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) and a member of the Armenian community in Turkey, filed a parliamentary question on the humanitarian crisis in Nagorno Karabakh, caused by the blockage of the Lachin corridor.
Lachin corridor, the sole road linking Armenia to landlocked Nagorno Karabakh, remains blocked since 12 December by a state-sponsored group of Azebaijanis who claim they are environmental activists, and the blockage has disrupted the movement of people and goods in or out of Nagorno Karabakh, including food, fuel, and medical supplies, and resulted in severe shortages of the products.
Paylan addressed Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday, asking:
"What kind of action have you taken for solving the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Nagorno Karbakh?
"What kind of diplomatic efforts have you been engaged in for lifting the blockade on the Lachin corridor that links Nagorno Karbakh to Armenia?
"Are you aware that the blockage of the Lachin Corridor is closing a window of opportunity for peace in the region?
"While Turkey says it feels proud for having intervened in several humanitarian crisis in the world, why doesn't it move a muscle for the 120,000 Armenians under blockade in Nagorno Karabakh?"
Armenia and Azerbaijan have for months been in talks to broker a peace deal over Nagorno Karabakh - a breakaway enclave internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan but home to a mainly Armenian population, who won de facto independence from Baku after a war in the early 1990s. After a second war in 2020, Azerbaijan retook territory in and around the enclave. A Moscow-brokered ceasefire saw Russian peacekeepers deployed in the Lachin corridor.