At the rostrum of the United Nations, the Armenian Prime Minister, Nikol Pashinian, accused Thursday, September 22, Azerbaijan of having committed “unspeakable atrocities” a week after heavy fighting between the two rival countries. He mentioned in particular the mutilation of bodies.
“There is evidence of cases of torture, mutilation of captured or already dead soldiers, extrajudicial killings and ill-treatment of prisoners of war, as well as degrading treatment of bodies”, affirmed the Prime Minister before the General Assembly of the UN which is being held this week in New York. He clarified that “The body of a soldier had been mutilated and taken on video by Azerbaijani soldiers”.
More than 7,600 displaced people
Present in the room, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Djeyhoun Baïramov, who is to address the assembly this weekend, listened impassively.
Deadly clashes, killing nearly 300, erupted on September 13 on the border between the two countries, which mutually blame each other for the most violent fighting since the war in 2020. Calm has returned in recent days, but the situation remains tense between the rival former Soviet republics.
The Armenian prime minister also accused Baku of bombing civilian infrastructure, forcing the displacement of more than 7,600 people, in violation of “the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Armenia”.