The Youth Parliament, which is under the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic National Assembly (NKR/Artsakh NA), on Wednesday hosted international law expert, Professor Otto Luchterhandt from the University of Hamburg, in Germany.
Professor Luchterhandt delivered a presentation, entitled “Azerbaijan’s Blitzkrieg against Artsakh, and International Law,” the NKR NA informed Armenian News-NEWS.am.
The German scholar noted that despite having no international legal recognition, the Artsakh republic fully meets all the criteria for defining a country, and it has proved its vitality all through the years of its independence.
Otto Luchterhandt stressed that the fundamental principles of international law apply to all subjects of international relations, regardless of their status of recognition. He added that, with the war it unleashed against Nagorno-Karabakh in April, Azerbaijan has flagrantly violated several fundamental principles of international law, especially the principle of non-threat and non-use of force.
In Professor Luchterhandt’s words, the four-day war in April was an act of aggression by Azerbaijan against the people of Artsakh, and the entire accountability for this aggression falls squarely on the political leadership in Baku.