Statement on Azerbaijan’s attack on Artsakh
(Photo published on iArtsakh, 2020)
We are deeply concerned and strongly condemn the unprovoked attacks by Azerbaijan, aided by Turkey, on the Armenian civilian population of Artsakh. The large scale attacks by Azerbaijan on the ethnic Armenian civilian population of Artsakh (formerly Nagorno-Karabakh) triggered a military conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia that has the potential to spill beyond the South Caucasus and threaten international security. We are also alarmed at rising instances of anti-Armenian rhetoric and increasing documentation of military support to Azerbaijan from the Republic of Turkey. Turkey is a member of the OSCE-Minsk Group tasked with negotiating a settlement to the conflict, so its support of Azerbaijan’s attacks on Artsakh not only go against the mission of the OSCE-Minsk Group but also threatens the security of Armenians living in Turkey.
The views expressed in this statement are that of the Research Program in Armenian Archaeology and Ethnography and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology or the UCLA community as a whole.