SC: Armenia/Azerbaijan

Statement by Permanent Representative Ambassador Mona Juul in the Security Council meeting on Armenia/Azerbaijan, 20 December 2022.

I thank ASG Jenca for his brief.

We regret that tensions have been on the rise in recent weeks. Norway is particularly concerned by developments in the Lachin-corridor, and the potential this has for further destabilisation in the region.

The blockage of the corridor has already had severe humanitarian implications. Medical supplies and medical evacuations have been interrupted. Any disruptions to the supply of essential goods and services harms the most vulnerable groups first. This can and must be avoided.

We call on the parties to adhere to the agreements expressed in the trilateral statement of 9 November 2020. In particular, we call on Azerbaijan to guarantee safe movement along the Lachin corridor. It is in nobody’s interest to trigger an avoidable humanitarian situation in Nagorno Karabakh.

Solutions should be sought through dialogue and diplomatic initiatives. We urge the parties to: show maximum restraint, take steps to deescalate the situation, and return to the negotiating table in good faith and without preconditions.

We welcome that the Security Council is taking up this issue today. The international community cannot just “weather the storm” in the hope that it will just go away.

We reiterate our support to the ongoing mediation efforts in the region, and welcome efforts from the international community to help advance negotiations.