Caroline Cox Marks Day in Stepanakert

STEPANAKERT (A-Info)–"Aided by Turkey–Azerbaijan is waging an active propaganda war in order to influence international opinion on the Karabakh problem," said the vice speaker of the House of Lords of the British Parliament Baroness Caroline Cox during Victory Day celebrations in Stepanakert.

She urged Karabagh to fight to convey to the international community the true account of the conflict and Karabakh’s history–noting that only true coverage of the conflict can pave the way for its fair settlement.

Recalling the ethnic cleansing that took place in Karabakh in the late 80s–early 90s–Cox said that she is convinced that no one has the right to keep silent about those events.

Presenting eyewitness accounts of the shelling of Stepanakert–she said that in one day alone–400 shells were fired on its population. "Women and children hid in basemen’s without light and heat; they had to wait for hours under falling bombs just to get water."

Cox remembered visiting Stepanakert in 1992 and going to a church in Shushi–previously used by the Azeris as a warehouse; there she saw three girls singing Armenian songs. "It was then that I was inspired with hope for a better future."

Baroness Cox has–for twelve years–routinely visited Karabakh to deliver humanitarian aid. Due to her efforts–orthopedic and rehabilitation centers have been set up in Stepanakert.

During this Karabagh visit–Caroline Cox was awarded the St. Gregory the Illuminator order for her outstanding efforts to gain international recognition of Mountainous Karabagh Republic–and for her consistent efforts to protect the rights of Karabagh’s population.

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