Christian group urges Biden to prevent ‘genocide’ developing on Russia’s doorstep

A Christian advocacy group is urging President Biden to intervene within the Nagorno-Karabakh battle to cease a possible genocide from occurring. 

Armenia and Azerbaijan have fought two wars prior to now 30 years over Nagorno-Karabakh, internationally acknowledged as a part of Azerbaijan however dwelling to a big Armenian inhabitants within the Caucasus Mountains. Tensions have spiraled between the 2 ex-Soviet neighbors over the blockade of the one street giving direct entry to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia.

In a letter despatched to President Biden on Wednesday morning, the Philos Mission supported calls from the Armenian Nationwide Committee of America in asking for U.S. intervention to forestall Azerbaijan from persecuting Christians within the area as battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan continues. 

“Day-to-day the scenario in Nagorno-Karabakh grows extra dire, as routine shipments of fundamental provides, medicines, and meals provide on which the area is completely dependent stay utterly shut off, save a handful of Worldwide Purple Cross humanitarian convoys,” the letter said. “Quickly the scenario will turn out to be untenable for the 120,000 Armenians” within the area. 

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The Philos Mission has urged the Biden administration to “put human rights on the heart of its international coverage” and to “make good” on his recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire and “avert a second Armenian Genocide by taking decisive motion now.” 

“Although thinly disguised as work of eco-activists protesting mining operations, the blockade’s intent was laid naked by President Aliyev’s provide that the street out was open to any Armenians who wished to depart,” the letter pressured. “Ethnic cleaning…not eco-activism.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, high left, speaks throughout a gathering with Azerbaijan’s Overseas Minister Jeyhun Aziz oglu Bayramov, and Armenia’s Overseas Minister Ararat Mirzoyan at Blair Home, Monday, Nov. 7, 2022, in Washington.
( Alex Brandon/Pool by way of Reuters)

Azeri President Ilham Aliyev denied that the Lachin hall, which hyperlinks Nagorno-Karabk to Armenia, was topic to a blockade, insisting as an alternative that officers within the area needed to halt a mining mission that’s the primary cause for disrupting visitors, Reuters reported. 

The Azerbaijan Embassy within the U.S. didn’t reply to a Fox Information Digital request for remark by time of publication. 

Throughout an orthodox Christmas deal with this month, Aliyev pushed again in opposition to the accusations, saying that Azerbaijan is “a fatherland for everybody who lives right here no matter language, faith and ethnicity. Relations of friendship and fraternity between separate peoples and religions, that are based mostly on mutual respect and belief, have been established in our nation, which is reigned by a excessive tradition of co-existence.” 

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The Azerbaijan structure additionally stresses that the federal government can not intervene in spiritual actions, empowering each authorities and residents to fight “spiritual extremism” and “radicalism,” particularly giving the federal government energy to dissolve spiritual organizations that trigger racial, nationwide, spiritual or social animosity, in line with a 2022 report by the U.S. State Division.

Russia has mentioned that it “continues painstaking and tough work with each Armenia and Azerbaijan” to resolve the dispute and blockade, however European officers criticized Moscow for a normal passivity on the difficulty that has allowed it to develop so far. 

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken requested the president of Azerbaijan on Monday to redouble efforts to clinch a peace settlement with Armenia, however human rights teams have began to name on Biden to do extra. 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin, center, Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, left, and Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attend a news conference following their meeting to discuss the implementation of the ceasefire over Nagorno-Karabakh reached on November 9 and measures to solve problems in the region, in Moscow Jan. 11, 2021. 

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, heart, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, left, and Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan attend a information convention following their assembly to debate the implementation of the ceasefire over Nagorno-Karabakh reached on November 9 and measures to unravel issues within the area, in Moscow Jan. 11, 2021. 
(Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin by way of Reuters)

“Azerbaijan is benefiting from a distracted Russia to power the remaining Armenians out of Nagorno-Karabakh,” Sam Brownback, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Massive for Worldwide Spiritual Freedom, advised Fox Information Digital. “This blockade is meant to make Nagorno-Karabakh uninhabitable by this historic, principally Christian, inhabitants.” 

“The USA, Europe and the remainder of the world should not enable this to occur,” he added. “The blockade should finish rapidly and never be repeated.” 

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The Armenian Nationwide Committee of America posted on its web site the 14 danger elements for genocide tracked by the United Nations are actually current within the area. The group accused the federal government of Azerbaijan of selling official hatred and impunity for atrocities dedicated in opposition to the Armenians within the area. 

Estonian MEP Marina Kaljurand urged Azerbaijan to additionally chorus from utilizing “high-level inflammatory rhetoric,” which helped discriminate in opposition to Armenians, and the European Parliament has referred to as on the Azerbaijani authorities to elevate the blockade, however up to now there have been no indicators of change, in line with Open Democracy

A view shows the village of Taghavard in the region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Jan. 16, 2021. 

A view reveals the village of Taghavard within the area of Nagorno-Karabakh, Jan. 16, 2021. 
(Reuters/Artem Mikryukov/File Photograph)

Bashir Kitachayev, an impartial journalist from Azerbaijan with a deal with the Azerbaijani-Armenian battle, wrote that any Armenians within the area who would take Azerbaijani citizenship would face “rampant Anti-Armenian sentiment, or Armenophobia, fueled by the state.” 

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“The nation should take actual steps in direction of democracy and reject a national-patriotic id based mostly on hatred of Armenians,” Kitachayev wrote, criticizing the federal government for “exacerbating a humanitarian disaster … when it could possibly be creating circumstances for peace.” 

Reuters contributed to this report.