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Armenia-Azerbaijan: Crucial to have ‘unimpeded passage’ of aid through Lachin Corridor, Security Council hears

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Delivering a briefing on the latest situation there, the Director of Operations and Advocacy for humanitarian affairs coordination office, OCHA, made clear that the UN was unable to independently verify information on the movement of people and goods along the corridor “or on the well-being of civilians in the areas where Russian peacekeepers have been deployed.”

Edem Wosornu said that OCHA was aware of ongoing reports of food and medicine shortages, and disruption to energy supplies which are needed to keep critical services such as health and water facilities operational.

Aid blocked

According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which is the only international humanitarian organisation with access to the region in the South Caucasus, it has not been possible to transport humanitarian assistance through the corridor “or any other route”, for several weeks, the OCHA official said.

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