“A WCC delegation was visiting Armenia during that period, and was present at the entrance to the Lachin Corridor when the decisive attacks began on 19 September,” reads the letter. “In light of the subsequent developments, especially the massive exodus of Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh, we appeal to the EU and to all members of the international community to provide immediate and sustained humanitarian support for the refugees, especially the most vulnerable and the poorer members of the community who still lack adequate assistance to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and medical care, and for education for their children.”
The letter asks the EU to substantially increase financial support for the provision of essential humanitarian assistance.
“We also wish to draw your attention to the fears of possible further territorial incursions by Azerbaijan in southern Armenia, with the intention of forcible establishment of territorial connection with its enclave Nakhchivan,” the letter continues. “In this context, the role of the EU in Armenia takes on a much greater significance.”
The WCC and Conference of European Churches express great appreciation for the important contribution already made by the EU Mission in monitoring the situation along a part of Armenia’s eastern border with Azerbaijan. “However, with the dramatic shift in circumstances in the region, we are convinced that a substantial strengthening of the EU Mission’s personnel and resources will be needed to mitigate the risk of any such incursion and to help restore confidence among the people of Armenia,” reads the letter. “A further key factor for future relations in the region will be the manner in which Azerbaijan now treats Armenian religious and cultural heritage in Nagorno-Karabakh.”