Roma star Henrikh Mkhitaryan appeals to the Presidents of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries for using their powers and stop the war in Nagorno Karabakh.
The Armenia National team captain who is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, addressed an open letter to the presidents of the Minsk Group co-chairing countries, Russia, the United States and France urging them to use their powers to stop the ongoing conflict in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh region.
“I am a professional athlete proudly representing my country Armenia internationally and today I am writing to you with a very heavy heart,” he writes
“As the world is witnessing an unprecedented and tragic war in the Nagorno-Karaback, let me voice my profound preoccupation that my homeland is in danger.
“While the war enters the second week of heavy combats, my native Armenia and Artsakh are defending themselves against the aggressors for our primary right to be a Nation, to exist on our historic lands and to preserve our world-known Christian heritage and values.
“With the intensification of military fights over the past few days, this is indeed heartbreaking to see how the Azerbaijani military is directly targeting kindergartens, residential buildings, hospitals and civilian infrastructures in the capital Stepanakert and other densely populated settlements.
“Cluster war-headed missles are repeatedly used to attack peaceful population, resulting in numerous casualties and even more wounded, manu of who whould stay with broken lives and broken destinies. This could not be called otherwise than a war crime. I am bringing to your hight attention that the current situation in Artsakh is at the verge of humanitarian catastrophe.
"Moreover, these tragic events are happening with the direct interference of external region ofrces and foreign fighters in the proximity of the Russian Federation and the European Union, which constitutes a direct security threat also for your countries. Armenia and Artsakh are alone in their fight against international terrorism.
“As historical allies of the Republic of Armenia and primarly, in your capacity of Co-chairmanship of the PSC Minsk Group, your interference on calling on Azerbaijan to immediately stop this devastating war is of vital importance.
"Our youth is dying on the frontline and comes unrecoverably injured instead of participating tin the future nation building. From the bottom of my heart I am calling you to use your wull power in halting this human tragedy and bring the sides back to peaceful negotiations.