Director/Secretary of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), Simona Granata-Menghini, responded to the letter sent by the chairman of the Association of Judges of Armenia, Aleqsandr Azaryan, on January 14, which referred to Azerbaijan's blocking of the Lachin corridor, the only road connecting Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) with Armenia and the outside world.
In particular, Granata-Menghini’s response states that the Council of Europe, as a human rights organization, is closely following the situation.
She added the Venice Commission is an advisory body whose main function is to provide legal advice to the member states; in particular, the Commission supports the legal and institutional organizations of the member states in bringing them in line with European standards, democratic and international experience, Human Rights and laws.
Granata-Menghini added that, therefore, although it is beyond the mandate of the Venice Commission to respond to the situation in the Lachin corridor, at the same time it fully understand the seriousness of the situation and will forward the aforesaid letter to the relevant bodies of the Council of Europe.
Also, the Director/Secretary of the Venice Commission express her readiness regarding the further process of the aforementioned issue.