Artsakh Government Update. Day 38 Under Blockade
Azerbaijan again blocked the only gas pipeline to Artsakh from Armenia, leaving the civilian population without supply to gas:
Questions related to ensuring the uninterrupted operation of vital services during the current situation were discussed. The Minister of State instructed the officials of the infrastructure sectors to take measures to ensure proper operations of the mentioned facilities and the minimum demand of the population was met.
In the evening of January 17, Azerbaijan briefly restored the gas supply and the Artsakhgas company carried out appropriate preventive and restorative work in order to ensure the gas supply to Artsakh.
However, Azerbaijan has once again cut the supply of gas coming into Artsakh.
Artsakh Republic State Minister Ruben Vardanyan announced that the Artsakh government, together with Russian peacekeepers, had been working on the issue of foreign citizens besieged in Artsakh. On January 17, they organized the return of some of the foreign citizens back to their homeland. However, the inhuman blockade continues for 120,000 citizens of Artsakh, including 30,000 children.
Due to the blockade, the transfer of seriously ill patients to Armenia for treatment continues to be carried out exclusively by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Long-term peace cannot be established in the region based on the results of Azerbaijan's genocidal policy. It should be strongly condemned and rejected by the international community, and the first step should be the immediate end of the blockade of Artsakh, which has been ongoing for more than a month.