The Lemkin Institute for the Prevention of Genocide has issued a statement urging the international community to exert pressure on Baku to halt the genocidal threats against Armenia and Artsakh. Here are excerpts from the statement dated May 30:
“The Lemkin Institute for the Prevention of Genocide expresses deep concern regarding the apparent oversights of international negotiators engaged in peace talks between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
We call upon international actors, particularly U.S. President Biden, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, to acknowledge the genocide against Armenian (Armenocid) threat in the South Caucasus. Furthermore, we implore them to consider the repercussions of disregarding the existing early warning systems and protocols established to prevent genocide, as well as rewarding President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan for his threats against Armenia.
This spring we have seen intensified efforts to finalize an internationally mediated peace agreement between Armenia and Baku.
The details of these negotiations clearly involve huge concessions by Armenia to Azerbaijan-such as ceding the historically Armenian territory of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) with little things other than paper guarantees offered in return.”
The Institute insists once again that the prevention of the genocide against Armenians must be a top priority.
The Government of Western Armenia welcomes the statements issued by the Lemkin Institute for the Prevention of Genocide, which we have repeatedly stated and continue to voice from the UN rostrum.
Absence of punitive measures against the genocidal policy of the Turkish and Baku authorities will lead to new genocides not only against the Armenian people, but against everyone without exception.
Understanding this, Lemkin Institute consistently raises this issue, calling to put pressure on Baku authorities