The Lachin corridor (Armenian: Լաչինի միջանցք Lachini mijantsk' ) is a mountain pass within de jure borders of Azerbaijan, it is the shortest route which connects Armenia with Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. During the Nagorno-Karabakh war, it came under the control of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic although officially it is part of the Lachin rayon of Azerbaijan.
In a statement to the UN on September 18, 2005, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov said "It is the issue of communication of the Armenians living in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan with Armenia and that of the Azerbaijanis living in the Nakhchivan region of Azerbaijan with the rest of the country. We suggest the using of the so-called Lachin corridor – which should be called "Road of Peace" - by both sides in both directions provided that security of this road will be ensured by the multinational peacekeeping forces at the initial stage".
18 May 1992, Armenian forces took Lachin, opening the Lachin corridor for land communications between NKR and Armenia ... However, the corridor was under constant threat from Azerbaijani forces who repeatedly tried to cut it ... link between Nagorno Karabakh and Armenia and removing from the Lachin corridor the threat of attack from the north ...
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“And now in one hours time Ill be out there again. Ill raise my eyes and look down that corridor four feet wide with ten lonely seconds to justify my whole existence.”
—Colin Welland (b. 1934)