Tuesday 15 December 2020
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Resolving conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh region
The petition of residents of the constituency of Ealing Central and Acton in London,
Declares that the UK Government should play a greater diplomatic and humanitarian role in resolving the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region; further that the UK Government should impose firmer sanctions on parties that break the terms of ceasefires; and further that ceasefires between the two States must be unconditional and strictly observed by both parties.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to play a greater diplomatic and humanitarian role in resolving the conflict in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Dr Rupa Huq, Official Report, 10 November 2020; Vol. 683, c. 866 .]
Observations from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs (Wendy Morton):
The UK Government welcome the news that the Governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed to a cessation of hostilities which will ensure the safety and security of the citizens of both states. The UK Government continue to support the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs of France, the United States and Russia as the primary format through which a peaceful negotiated final settlement should be reached.
The UK Government continue to encourage both parties to abide by the terms of the peace deal and are not looking at imposing sanctions at this time. Additionally, the UK Government have provided £1 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross to support their humanitarian efforts on the ground and are evaluating what further support may be required.